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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 729 ..


and to me for the Liberals’ support. We are a good chamber, and though we have different recipes there is a lot of desire here to see improvements for the people of the ACT. Sometimes we can and we should and we will work together. Some people might not like it, but I think that is the right thing. Sometimes it is time for a big disagreement; sometimes it is time for a big agreement, and this is time for a big agreement. I look forward to seeing if any of these changes are achieved, and I will celebrate them when they are.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Trees—urban canopy

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (3.58): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT government’s ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019–25, Canberra Living Infrastructure Plan: Cooling the City, and Urban Forest Strategy, recognise the increasingly critical role that living infrastructure plays in our city, with a key commitment being the “30% tree canopy cover (or equivalent) and 30% permeable surfaces in Canberra’s urban footprint by 2045” (the targets);

(b) urban trees are recognised for their role in micro-climate regulation, including reducing the urban heat island effect, reducing air pollutants, increasing carbon sequestration, improving resilience in a changing climate, conserving and enhancing biodiversity and providing recreation and wellbeing benefits to residents;

(c) all three major parties of the ACT Legislative Assembly support an increase in the urban tree canopy of the ACT to at least 30 per cent. To date, the differentials are delivery of the targets (timeframe), budget allocations and exact measures; and

(d) achievement of the targets will require coordinated, long-term and active participation from ACT residents and many different parts of government and tri-partisan support; and

(2) calls on the ACT government to:

(a) present to the Assembly:

(i) by the end of 2021, detail on the estimated contribution actions within each objective of the strategy will make towards achieving the canopy cover target;

(ii) by the end of 2021, detail on the estimated contribution different regions of Canberra will make towards achievement of the canopy cover target;

(iii) by the end of 2021, detail on suburbs identified for priority action to improve equity of canopy cover across Canberra;


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