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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2586 ..


I commend the report to the Assembly. I thank members of the committee who worked on this; it was a little slow coming out because of the changes in the public accounts committee last year. I thank Dr Lloyd, the able secretary of the committee, for the work he does in supporting us.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Visitor

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Cody): Before moving to our next order of business I take a moment to recognise former member Wayne Berry in the gallery.

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.09): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services relating to petition 16-19. The petition was received by the Assembly on 4 June 2019 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A.

As signatories to petition 16-19, 664 residents of the ACT sought to draw to the attention of the Assembly the potential burden to ACT ratepayers of the cross-border agreement for the provision of essential services by the ACT government to the residential development in the Parkwood area of New South Wales. The petitioners noted that gorges in the area “contribute to dynamic bushfire propagation which is not yet covered by the Australian Bushfire Standard” and claimed that the “buffer zones around the urban area will not adequately protect the ecology, the history or the residents”.

The petition called on the Assembly:

… to reject any cross-border proposal before further independent, definitive research establishes effective buffer zones to better protect biodiversity and aboriginal heritage, and to ensure the safety of residents from catastrophic bushfire events.

While acknowledging the importance of the matters raised in the petition, at this time the committee has decided not to inquire further into the matters raised in petition 16-19.

Statement by chair

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.11): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services relating to the out-of-order petition on bus route 54. The petition was received by the Assembly on 14 August 2018 and referred to the committee by resolution of the Assembly.


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