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managing water wisely to support a vibrant, sustainable and thriving region. It will lead on water policy and planning and governance reforms to improve coordination, accountabilities and the capability of the ACT water sector. I commend the bill to
the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.

Environment—World Wildlife Day

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (11.03): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) 3 March was World Wildlife Day 2023, with the theme in 2023 being “partnerships for wildlife conservation”; and

(b) World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people;

(2) supports the ACT Government’s significant and extensive work in partnership to conserve our wildlife, including, but not limited to:

(a) establishing the “Understanding and conserving Gula on Ngunnawal Country” project in partnership with the Australian Government and the Ngunnawal community to identify culturally significant areas for Gula and employ locals to monitor for potential habitat and plan restoration;

(b) providing long-term funding and support for ACT Wildlife to undertake its vital activities within the Territory caring for sick and injured native wildlife;

(c) partnering with researchers and zoos to establish a successful breeding colony of Canberra Grassland Earless Dragons at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, with trial releases into predator-proof enclosures underway to help increase wild populations of this critically endangered reptile;

(d) partnering with the community through the ACT Government’s Environmental Grants Program to support numerous innovative community-led projects that support and bolster wildlife conservation. Notable examples include the Ginninderra Catchment Group’s innovative work with turtles and the National Parks Association’s long running Rosenberg Monitor’s monitoring program;

(e) improving habitat connectivity and biodiversity by restoring priority urban habitat sites as part of the Connecting Nature Connecting People initiative;

(f) collaborative work with citizen scientists to support wildlife populations. Some examples include volunteers assisting Superb Parrot research by analysing hundreds of thousands of camera images through the Australian Museum DigiVol platform, and community engagement in the innovative citizen science platform Canberra Nature Map.

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