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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3416 ..

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee

Report 2

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (6.25): I present the following report:

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee—Report 2—Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022, dated 10 November 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I rise to speak to the report by the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity on its inquiry into the ACT budget. This is the second report of the ECCB committee. This report reflects evidence taken by the committee in relation to the budget and presents findings and recommendations arising from examination.

The committee held four public hearings via video link and at the hearings we heard the views of community organisations on the budget, and we examined ACT government ministers and statutory officers responsible for the relevant portfolio areas, and accompanying officials.

The committee was pleased to hear that community groups welcomed the ACT government funding, including the four-year community grants from this year’s budget. We note and support the provision of four-year community grants.

The report makes 26 recommendations on a range of topics, including the use of enforceable undertakings as a regulatory tool for environmental protection, emission reductions, the management of waterways, air quality, behaviour change, and the management of funding grants, including weed funding.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who participated in or otherwise assisted this inquiry. I would particularly like to thank the other participating members of the legislative committee, Mr Braddock, and Ms Castley, and the ECCB committee secretary, Frieda Scott.

I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 2

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (6.28): I present report 2 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts entitled Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and Appropriation (Office

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