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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 November 2022) . . Page.. 3565 ..


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Orr for this sitting due to illness.

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Report 11

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (10.02): I present the following report:

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee—Report 11—Inquiry into Urban Forest Bill 2022, dated 17 November 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Today I rise to present the report by the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services on the inquiry into the Urban Forest Bill 2022. The bill was tabled in the Assembly on 3 August 2022 and referred to the committee according to the resolution of establishment. The committee decided on 11 August that it would undertake an inquiry into the bill.

Following the referral by the Assembly, the committee called for submissions. The committee received 16 submissions and held a public hearing, during which the committee heard from community and environmental groups, representatives of the housing and construction industry, and the Minister for Transport and City Services.

The committee’s report makes 17 recommendations. These cover staffing for the processing of applications, a review of the specified dimensions of protected trees


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