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their original natural habitat. The sanctuary currently boasts a selection of wildlife, including wallaroos, brolgas, peron’s tree fogs, golden bell frogs, hardhead ducks, blue-tongue lizards, water dragons and many other animals and birds.

There are enormous opportunities for recreation and for picnicking within the sanctuary and within the region. Walking trails and hiking tracks have been rebuilt. The sanctuary will continue as a major site for the recovery work involving the Victorian brush-tailed wallaby and the northern corroboree frog breeding program, as well as a significant macropod fertility trial that is currently being conducted at Tidbinbilla.

I am very pleased that Conservation Volunteers Australia have entered into a partnership with TAMS to support people who visit the reserve. Indeed, just last week 33 people successfully completed the Conservation Volunteers Australia volunteer interpreter training program and will be involved very fundamentally in the new sanctuary at Tidbinbilla.

I am very pleased with the progress that has been achieved. There is still much recovery to occur at Tidbinbilla, but the opening of the sanctuary five years after the fire really does reopen a much loved part of the Tidbinbilla valley, and I encourage all members, and indeed all Canberrans, to visit, and hopefully to enjoy, the Tidbinbilla valley and the sanctuary.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Indigenous education performance report

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Indigenous Education—Performance in Indigenous Education—Annual report 2007.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I am pleased to present to the Assembly the 2007 annual report entitled Performance in Indigenous education. This report is presented against the five domains of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs report entitled Australian directions in Indigenous education. It also encapsulates the key indicators identified by the Council of Australian Governments and articulated in the report entitled Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2007. The report also refers to the Department of Education and Training’s strategic goals.

The Stanhope government is committed to ensuring that all young Canberrans continue to have access to world-class education. We are also committed to closing

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