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just reviewing their existing practice and seeing how they will deploy their resources across the suite that they have.

I am also aware of internal, and I think it is still informal, conversations at this point about the opportunities for staff to move from one provider to another or to have some level of other arrangements that will keep those staff employed.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Can the minister please outline what provisions have been made relating to the storage, destruction or transfer of confidential records currently held by government-funded services that were not successful in their tenders and may not be continuing beyond March 2012?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Bresnan for her question. I do not have the detail about those arrangements, but I certainly appreciate that client records are important and any exchange or destruction of client records should be part and parcel of a conversation with the clients with the change of service delivery.

Planning—Molonglo valley

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to Minister Corbell and is in regard to his responsibility for Molonglo valley planning. Minister, what is the significance of the commonwealth environment minister’s endorsement of the ACT’s Molonglo valley plan for the protection of matters of national environmental significance and approval of related action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his important question. I am particularly pleased that after three years of endeavour the federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Mr Burke, announced with me on 4 November this year that he had endorsed the Molonglo valley plan for the protection of matters of national environmental significance, under section 146 of the commonwealth’s EPBC legislation. This means that, through its combination of avoidance, mitigation and offset measures, the development of the Molonglo valley meets the requirements for the protection of matters of national significance under the commonwealth scheme.

Specifically, as a result of this approval, the government has committed to significant conservation outcomes for matters of national environmental significance. These are for habitats for nationally threatened species and ecological communities, including the pink-tailed worm lizard, the natural temperate grasslands, box-gum woodland and the swift and superb parrots.

The legislative, administrative and financial resources to give effect to this assurance are delivered by the government through the NES plan, statutory requirements under

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