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o Pest Animal and Plants;

o Bushfire Risk Management; and

o Drought Risk Management.

The document identifies areas of concern and outlines remedial actions required (if any), and provides for Land Action Plans to address all the above listed issues. Typically these might include Weed and Pest animal management plans, Riparian Zone and Remnant Vegetation protection plans, Drought and Bushfire Risk Management Plans.

(Question No 176)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 2 April 2009 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) Regarding concerns about the lack of rangers, particularly rangers specialist skills and scientific knowledge, to what extent are ranger positions contracted to private entities and how is the shortage of Parks, Conservation and Land staff affecting the reserve estate.

(2) Is there any problem of contracted staff not having the long-term experience and history with the ACT issues that is necessary to do the job.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. Rangers are only rarely contracted from private entities. Each year Parks, Conservation and Lands (PCL) advertises for temporary and anticipated permanent staff vacancies. In 2008 over 100 applications were received. Interviews are held and a list of suitable candidates is established in order of merit. As ranger vacancies arise throughout the year, whether temporary or permanent, applicants are selected from the list and appointed.

2. As mentioned above, rangers are not contracted from private agencies. Staff appointed to ranger positions that are temporarily vacant are invariably graduates with degrees in Natural Resource Management. Training in specialist skills such as snake handling, use of firearms and four-wheel driving is provided in the first 12 months of employment.

Environment—ecosystem connectivity map
(Question No 177)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 2 April 2009:

Regarding the Climate Change Strategy Action Plan Action No 34, will an ecosystem connectivity map be produced by June 2009.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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