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Thursday, 2 November 2023

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.01): 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 Ms Lawder) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Cocks for this sitting due to illness.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Trees—Scullin tree hollows—petition 22-23

By Ms Clay, from 576 residents:

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

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

1. On Friday 24 August 2023, a Notice of Decision was posted by the ACT Government for DA 202240865. This provided notification of development approval for a new community housing development on the corner of Frewin Place and Ross Smith Crescent, Scullin.

2. The purpose of this petition is not to oppose the development of community housing on this site.

3. The community opposes the plans to clear mature native eucalypt habitat trees, full of hollows recently used for nesting by native birds including eastern rosellas and gang gang cockatoos. These trees are numbered as S6, S8 and C7 on the development site plan.

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