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construct two new wetland ponds at Dickson and Lyneham to reduce demand on potable water for sports grounds and ovals and improve the water quality of Sullivans Creek; $2.5 million for a water plant to reuse effluent water for irrigation at Exhibition Park as well as reducing reliance on potable water; $950,000 over three years to enhance conservation programs at the Mulligans Flat, Goorooyarroo and Tidbinbilla nature reserves; $830,000 over four years for supporting the continuing partnership with Greening Australia to engage the Canberra community in the replanting of the lower Cotter water catchment; and, finally, $1.3 million over four years to support community and government partnerships for sustainability of the environment with the Canberra conservation council, the Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre and SEE-Change ACT.
The government looks forward to continuing to work with the commissioner in implementing the recommendations in her recent state of the environment report, and I commend the response to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned to the next sitting.
Legal Affairs––Standing Committee
Report 8––government response
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.24): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Legal Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 8—ACT fire and emergency services arrangements (Sixth Assembly)—Government response.
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the former Standing Committee on Legal Affairs for their work in relation to this inquiry. The government welcomes the report and its 22 recommendations.
Following the 2003 Canberra bushfires, both the coroner and Ron McLeod have inquired into the events. These reports made a combined total of 134 recommendations, the majority of which the government agreed to.
In an effort to ensure that the implementation of the agreed recommendations from both these reports was being appropriately addressed, the government requested the ACT Bushfire Council to provide a report on the implementation of the recommendations. This report is due to be completed in the very near future and I am confident that the government and the ESA will be shown to have performed well in their implementation of these important recommendations.
The government has taken seriously the recommendations that were produced by Coroner Doogan and Mr McLeod, and this is proven with the government having