Page 344 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2012

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Environment—urban wetlands

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: A question without notice. Mr Hargreaves has the floor, thank you.

MR HARGREAVES: Finished girls? Good.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves!

MR HARGREAVES: Obviously not, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I invite you to withdraw that, thank you.

MR HARGREAVES: I withdraw it, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Let us just get on with the question.

MR HARGREAVES: I had difficulty hearing the answer from the minister earlier.

MR SPEAKER: The question, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: I would like to ask a question of the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development around urban wetlands. I would draw the minister’s attention to the activities that he and I enjoined just prior to 2001, in saving the Conder wetlands, because it was planned by the then government to put Templestowe Avenue clean through the wetlands to join up with Handasyde Street in Conder. It was going to put a road right through it, and through the advocacy of this—and this is urban wetlands—

MR SPEAKER: This is not a speech, it is a question.

MR HARGREAVES: It is a question, because I want to know where it comes from.

MR SPEAKER: Let us come to the question.

MR HARGREAVES: I would like the minister to let us know this: what are the aims and achievements of the government’s urban wetlands program and in particular in relation to those seamless progressions from wetlands into the parks?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. Indeed, I do remember that; I think it was Mr Smyth who was the minister then, Mr Hargreaves, who sought to put a road through an urban wetland area. Yes, I do remember that, Mr Speaker.

Mrs Dunne: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Corbell, one moment, thank you.

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