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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3235..


The Assembly voted-

	Ayes 10          		Noes 7

Mr Berry	Ms MacDonald	Mrs Burke  	Mr Smyth
Mr Corbell	Mr Quinlan	Mr Cornwell  	Mr Stefaniak
Ms Dundas	Mr Stanhope	Mrs Cross
Ms Gallagher	Ms Tucker	Mrs Dunne
Mr Hargreaves	Mr Wood		Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Landcare awards

MR HARGREAVES (11.22): I move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper relating to the 2003 ACT Landcare awards, which reads:

That the Assembly congratulates the winners of the 2003 ACT Landcare Awards and recognises the great work done by those involved in the Landcare movement to address the serious environmental challenges facing our region.

I'm moving this motion basically for two reasons. The first reason is to draw the public's attention to Landcare issues, generally speaking; and, secondly, to give public recognition to people who have indulged themselves in their free time in looking after the environment and land generally. I wanted to actually take the opportunity of naming them in the debate, and I encourage other members across the chamber and on the front bench to actually follow suit in terms of recognising what benefit Landcare groups actually do.

I don't propose to use this motion for anything more than that, Mr Speaker. I'm not trying to make any political points. I just wish to point out to the general public that Landcare is a way in which people can get involved. It costs next to nothing. You won't see the fruits of your labour for 20 years, but when you do see the fruits of your labour it's a brilliant experience.

Mr Speaker, I wanted to relate two specific experiences I had in recent times, since I've been in this place, in contact with Landcare groups. The most recent one was out on the Cotter Road some months after the bushfires had been through. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I did this. I went out to what could only be described as a mega tree planting exercise. A whole stack of people went out there, gave up their time and planted row after row of eucalypts on this particular property.

Mr Speaker, I spoke to the people out there and asked them why on earth they would be doing that. They said, "Because we just want to look after the land; it's where we live."It was as simple as that. I think I might have mentioned to Ms Dundas, when the Planning and Environment Committee went to Crookwell recently, I actually noticed in


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