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after two years, the appropriateness of tree species in urban plantings, and education for the public and the housing and construction industry on canopy contribution agreements and their administration. We heard a great deal of evidence about having the right tree, in the right place, at the right time.

The committee considers that, given the interaction between this bill and the planning bill, and the significance of both bills to Canberra’s planning framework, it was really important that we conduct this inquiry.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our inquiry and assisted us. I would like to thank all of the witnesses. I would like to thank our very hardworking secretariat, who have an awful lot on, and I would like to thank my colleagues Ms Orr and Mr Parton. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Trees—Bradfield Street, Downer—petitions 20-22 and 36-22

By Ms Lee, from 322 residents and 266 residents, respectively:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that there is a significant contradiction between the ACT strategic plan for climate change and separate specifications concerning urban street tree planting, and the ACT Heritage Council’s decision regarding the choice and positioning of replacement heritage pine trees in Bradfield St, Downer. These take no account of strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change, and no cognisance of government advice that the trees now planted are inappropriate in an urban setting.

The heritage value of the former CS&IR Dickson Experiment Farm is well-represented in the open space of the Downer ovals, the 400m of heritage windbreak trees that will remain after developments on Bradfield and Melba Streets, and in the retention of the former farm buildings that now comprise Downer Village.

Residents have no avenue to appeal the Heritage Council decision. Neither the local elected representatives including the responsible Minister, nor the government can intervene on behalf of constituents.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the Government to ensure the removal of the new pine trees, to be replaced with appropriate deciduous trees for the front of all north-facing buildings in the developments of both “The Bradfield” stages 1 and 2 and the yet to be approved Goodwin Village on Bradfield Street, Downer.

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