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with our international engagement strategy, seeks these as key outcomes over this decade. The strategy sets an ambition for Canberra to become a globally connected city. In the development of our 2030 tourism strategy, a survey of Canberrans revealed that nine out of 10 of people in the community rate growing airline route access to make it easier and cheaper to travel to Canberra as an important area of focus, so we will continue to focus on that.

Overall, the mission in New Zealand and Fiji, short as it was, built on existing relationships. I am pleased to advise the Assembly that Fiji Airways invited back last week Canberra Airport and VisitCanberra to further present to their board. We look forward to a positive announcement on a direct service from Canberra, being operated by Fiji Airways. That decision will come in the months ahead, but I think we have put our best foot forward to attract that new service. Equally, we look forward to being able to host in our city in the not too distant future the new Mayor of Wellington. I commend the statement to the Assembly.

I present the following paper:

Chief Minister Trade Mission to Fiji and New Zealand 26 October to 1 November 2022—Ministerial statement, 30 March 2023.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Government—zero emissions vehicles—update

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.56): It is timely that I provide to the Assembly an update on the progress of the ACT Zero Emissions Vehicles Strategy 2022-30. The strategy was released in July 2022 and includes 28 actions designed to address the ACT’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, transport, which currently contributes over 60 per cent of the territory’s emissions. Delivering these actions will be vital for ensuring that the ACT is able to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2045.

With the ACT powered by our 100 per cent renewable electricity supply, the transition to electric vehicles is a transition to genuinely zero emissions vehicles.
The transition to zero emissions vehicles will improve the lives of all Canberrans. It will reduce the impact that climate change will have on our lives in the future, as well as delivering real health benefits through reduced air pollution.

The strategy is designed to set a clear policy direction; make zero emissions vehicles more affordable; expand the EV charging network; support and inform uptake; and lead by example.

Some of the key actions in the strategy are: achieving 80 to 90 per cent of new
light vehicle sales in the ACT being zero emissions vehicles in 2030; phasing out light


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