Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 11 November 2009) . . Page.. 4852 ..
when there are mistakes made in the hospital, or when there appear to have been mistakes made, I will make sure that there are open and accountable reviews; I will make sure that the line of communication with my chief health officer is clear; I will make sure that the line of communication with individuals who have been put at risk of infection are clear; and I will make sure that the line of communication to the public is clear. I will take responsibility and I will be accountable. I will not hide behind bureaucrats and I will not hide behind a spokeswoman.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
Environment—urban street trees
MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (3.45): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes the importance of urban trees for:
(a) habitat for wildlife species;
(b) their key role in the carbon cycle;
(c) landscape amenity; and
(d) improving the liveability of cities and suburbs and in particular reducing heat load in summer; and
(2) calls upon the Government to ensure that:
(a) urban tree programs are funded separately to climate change initiatives;
(b) local communities are thoroughly consulted in all urban tree removal and planting activities and are encouraged to participate in decision making in relation to any major tree work in the local area;
(c) any potential risk to the public posed by a tree is assessed in consultation with the community and managed by risk mitigation actions that prioritise the continued life of the tree;
(d) the environmental value of trees is prioritised in tree management decisions;
(e) timber from removed trees is used sustainably to minimise greenhouse gas emissions;
(f) solar access to buildings is given high consideration in tree replacements and appropriate tree species are selected to suit each site;
(g) when urban trees are removed, they are promptly replaced with the same or a greater number of trees;
(h) urban trees are cared for to ensure their survival and good health;