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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 November 2021) . . Page.. 3892 ..


wants to preserve them as publicly owned green spaces”. We put that in the motion very carefully, to make it clear that this is about repurposing and reshaping those recreational green spaces into something better than they are. It is not about taking them away or redeveloping them; it is about bringing to life the community ideas that have been such a long time coming. Now is a really good time to do that.

I think we have landed in a good place in the end. I am really excited to see how this is going to unfold and to see what sorts of climate-friendly ideas we are going to see on our 31 dryland ovals. I think that is really fun. I am excited to see what the Florey oval comes up with. It has been a great model of consultation, starting with the school and then bringing in the community. It is going to be good to see what we come up with. I am just very pleased that we have managed to come up with a form of words that I think everybody here is happy with.

It is a shame when we lose sight of what we are all trying to work together to create, and I think it is important that we just remember who we are here to represent. We are here to represent our communities. We are here to get good outcomes, and we have done that today. Let’s all keep making sure that we are doing that. I commend my motion, as amended by Ms Orr’s amendment to Mr Cain’s amendment, to the Assembly.

Ms Orr’s amendment to Mr Cain’s proposed amendment agreed to.

Mr Cain’s amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Emergencies Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed from 9 November 2021, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.53): I am pleased to speak briefly on the Emergencies Amendment Bill 2021. The Canberra Liberals will be supporting the bill today. We welcome the amendments to the act following the changes recommended by the Report of the Review of the Operation of the Emergencies Act 2004. This is an area of interest to Mr Milligan, who is the shadow minister. He is not here today, and I will be making the remarks on behalf of the Canberra Liberals in his stead.

It is good to see the government incorporating all of the recommendations of that review into this bill. This will help the Emergency Services Agency to continue their effective response services, and improve the provision of a better coordinated recovery in the event of further bushfires. It is imperative that we ensure the best response possible, as we know that, here in Australia, bushfires are a likely natural disaster.

It is important, as the review noted, that there should be effective and widespread communication of public information and warnings, especially when the website is


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