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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2851 ..

University, provides a safe haven for a range of threatened species in the ACT, as well as opportunities for research and communication about the restoration of threatened woodland ecosystems. The sanctuary sits within the largest tract of critically endangered box gum grassy woodland in public management within the ACT. The predator-proof fence, along with feral animal control, has allowed the reintroduction of locally extinct native marsupials, birds and mice that are vulnerable to predation.

The threatened fauna species that have been reintroduced into the sanctuary include eastern bettongs, eastern quolls, bush stone-curlews and New Holland mice. Visitors to the sanctuary may be lucky and actually see these animals back in the native ecosystem, even within our urban environment. To help people better understand and experience our native species and environments, the Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary partnership is currently constructing a woodland learning centre in Throsby that is due to be opened in late 2021. The woodland learning centre will allow further opportunity for education and engagement with the community around eco-restoration and threatened species conservation.

I present these examples of our work to demonstrate the ACT government’s commitment to the long-term conservation of our threatened plants and animals. Our unique species are a part of our landscape’s health, and part of our community’s wellbeing. They need our ongoing help to address the range of threats and the extinction crisis, to get them back onto the road to recovery. Different futures that lie ahead also depend on our collective ability to address climate change for the sake of our plants and animals and the ACT community.

I present the following paper:

Threatened species: A Road to Recovery—Ministerial statement, 7 October 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.45): I want to thank the Minister for the Environment for bringing forward this important statement today and I want to add to her remarks by outlining efforts the planning and land management portfolio is taking to protect threatened species and enhance biodiversity.

The ACT planning system does not sit or operate in isolation. Environmental, economic and social drivers are key considerations in the planning we do. Planning calls upon numerous ACT government policies and initiatives that dovetail to protect biodiversity in the ACT. The ACT Planning Strategy 2018, like its predecessors, seeks to protect biodiversity. Ensuring that future generations can also benefit from this biodiversity in the future is something that is front of mind for me when planning

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