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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) . . Page.. 2304 ..

Mr Barr: There is something wrong with the clock.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, given that there was clearly a problem with the clock, can we give a few more seconds to the minister?

Mrs Jones: Yes.

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, they have worked very hard to protect our including within the Mulligans Flat and Tidbinbilla sanctuaries, and at the new grassland earless dragon breeding facility.

They have also done great work in planning for the future of our bush capital by developing management plans, carrying out strategic operations and taking great care in conservation practices. I thank everyone in the ACT Parks and Conservation Service for that important work.

MR PETTERSSON: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Pettersson.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what other ways is the ACT government caring for our parks and reserves?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question too. The government has supported volunteer groups through a number of years and I am proud to have been involved in delivering funding and support for these groups. They do excellent work across the many parks and reserves in the ACT as land managers and custodians.

Volunteers have been involved, along with Parks and Conservation staff, in bushfire recovery in Namadgi National Park. They also work on weed management and seasonal restoration, as well as plantings and clean-ups. Their support for the work of the Parks and Conservation Service, of course, is invaluable.

I am extremely pleased that the groups will have continued funding from the ACT government for the next four years. This support from the government is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of those volunteers. Our volunteers work closely with our rangers to care for the unique environment in the ACT. They share a passion and a dedication to conservation in our bush capital as well as the love of the outdoors.

Canberrans love our bush capital, and I would encourage all of those who are interested in conservation to get involved in our local land management groups.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty—Copy of letter to the Speaker from the Chief Minister, dated 2 August 2021, in response to the resolution of the Assembly of 2 June 2021.

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