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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2231 ..


Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 7, dated 27 July 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR HANSON: Scrutiny report No 7 contains the committee’s comments on six bills, five pieces of subordinate legislation and two government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

I do not normally do this with scrutiny reports, but I would like to thank the other members of the committee, Dr Paterson and Ms Clay. I also thank the committee staff, Julia Agostino, who is the secretary; Daniel Stewart, who is our legal adviser on bills; and Stephen Argument, who is the legal adviser on subordinate legislation. I certainly thank them for their insights and their enthusiasm. It is nice to welcome back Anne Shannon as the assistant secretary, and I take this opportunity to thank Sophie Milne, who has been standing in whilst Anne has been away.

I also take this opportunity—unusually, probably—to thank the government. I think that, by and large, the engagement from ministers, their staff and staff across directorates is very cooperative and collegiate. They respond to scrutiny’s requests for further information. It is a matter sometimes of a quick turnaround. By and large, I would like to acknowledge that they do make those efforts and respond fulsomely to the scrutiny committee’s reports and requests for further information. I thank them, and I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Report 2

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (4.00): I present the following report:

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee—Report 2—Draft Reserve Management Plan: Canberra Nature Park, dated 20 July 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I rise today to table the report of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services on the draft reserve management plan for Canberra Nature Park. As the report notes, Canberra Nature Park is made up of 39 nature reserves, totalling approximately 11,400 hectares in and around urban Canberra. The committee took the view that this was really important—that the Canberra Nature Park is absolutely integral to the ecological sustainability, the character and the amenity of Canberra as a whole. In fact there are very few parts of Canberra that are not within striking distance of the Canberra Nature Park, and all of Canberra is improved in that way.


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