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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2011) . . Page.. 1302 ..

this matter, because it is a socially responsible thing to do. And all I have seen has been criticism from day one, trying to find fault from day one. Yet we are dealing with people’s lives and we on this side of the house are about rebuilding those lives.

I welcome this report, warts and all, because it actually shows us the way forward and gives us a template to get on with it and continue to do the job that we have been doing so well for so long.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Trees—management and renewal

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (11.17): Pursuant to section 22 of the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993, I present the following papers:

Commissioner for the Environment Act, pursuant to section 22—Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—Report on the Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest, prepared by Dr Maxine Cooper, Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—

Part 1. Report, dated February 2011, including CD of Summary and Recommendations, Report and Appendices.

Part 2. Appendices, dated February 2011.

I seek leave to move that the papers be authorised for publication.

Leave granted.


That the papers be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

As members are aware, the government commissioned the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Dr Maxine Cooper, to undertake an investigation into issues around the management of our urban tree forest. At the outset, before saying a few words on the report and on a proposed way forward in relation to this issue, I do thank most sincerely Dr Cooper and those within her team for a most comprehensive investigation into the management, protection and, indeed, the

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