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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3361 ..


This strategy is an important trigger to start having community conversations about how we should be heating our homes and how these choices impact on the most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods. As a growing city, we need to transition away from expensive, polluting wood and gas heating to comfortable, well-insulated homes heated by clean electricity. This is particularly relevant in areas of Canberra such as the Tuggeranong Valley, where regular temperature inversions and the shape of the valley hold pollutants closer to the ground.

As I have flagged throughout this statement, this is a journey towards cleaner air for all in this changing city. We as a community need to talk about whether or not these older, polluting legacy wood heaters still have a place in our city, which we prize for its clean air.

The government recognises that poor air quality caused by smoke pollution is an important issue for Canberrans, whether it results from bushfires or from wood heating. This strategy brings together our efforts across government to reduce the health effects of smoke pollution, particularly for the most vulnerable, and minimise the impact of smoke on our environment, the economy and our community. I commend the Bushfire Smoke and Air Quality Strategy 2021-2025, including the first action plan, to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Inspector of Correctional Services healthy centre review of Bimberi—government response

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) (3.29): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Inspector of Correctional Services Act—Report of a Review of a Detention Place by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services—Healthy centre review of Bimberi Youth Justice Centre 2020—Government response, dated November 2021.

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (3.29): On 22 June 2021 the report of a review of a detention place by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services, Healthy centre review of Bimberi Youth Justice Centre 2020, was tabled. The ACT government welcomes this report and I am pleased to present the government’s response today.

The government appointed Mr Neil McAllister as the first ACT Inspector of Correctional Services in May 2018. The inspector’s powers as they relate to youth justice under the Children and Young People Act 2008 came into effect in December 2019. As part of the Inspector of Correctional Service’s powers, Mr McAllister is responsible for examining and reviewing, at least every two years, each place declared


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