Page 724 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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Although the higher-risk weather season has officially come to an end, it is important to remember that emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime and without warning. Be emergency ready all year round by preparing a survival plan and kit and understanding the risks associated with your area. I encourage all Canberrans to learn more about how they can be emergency ready by visiting esa.act.gov.au.

I am consistently impressed with the adaptability of our volunteers and personnel. Their ability to maintain operational readiness whilst responding to dynamic and unprecedented incidents is a true testament to their collaborative approach, community spirit and dedication. The journey of protecting our community is an iterative process. We build on this work year on year as we continuously evaluate, learn and improve.

Once again, thank you to all our volunteers and staff across government for their unwavering commitment to prioritising the safety of Canberrans and our community.

I present the following paper:

2022-23 High-Risk Weather Season—Summary—Ministerial statement, 28 March 2023.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment—National Landcare Program 2018-2023

Ministerial statement

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (11.46): I rise to draw the Assembly’s attention to the work that has been undertaken by the ACT’s Natural Resource Management program, referred to as NRM, in partnership with the Australian government and the ACT community over the past five years under the National Landcare Program.

The current round of the National Landcare Program, or NLP as it is commonly called, will come to an end in June 2023. It is worth reflecting on the significant achievements this three-way partnership has delivered in the ACT over the past five years in improving the health of our natural resources on farms, in our conservation estate and in other tenures despite drought, fire, floods and COVID.

The NLP is an Australian government $1 billion natural resource management program aimed at improving soils, water, landscapes, biodiversity, ecological communities and species across Australia and building community capacity to contribute to decision-making and on-ground effort to improve and enhance our natural resources.


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