Page 1547 - Week 04 - Thursday, 29 March 2012

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distinction between that throwaway line and a whole narrative. Minister, let us focus on the question you were asked, though, on your position on public art, thank you.

MS BURCH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have made my point clear. I just refer to an article that was in the Canberra Times in “Opinion” on 27 March where the author makes it very clear that public art’s benefits are extensive. In different contexts it assists society in many ways. Public art can build a sense of place and ownership, stimulate thought and dialogue, humanise urban spaces, educate in healthcare settings, increase property values and stimulate tourism and local economic development.

State of the environment report

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and is in relation to the state of the environment report. The state of the environment report is an important report on a large spectrum of the ACT’s physical environment, and is released every five years. The ACT community relies on information within it to better judge which areas and behaviours need improvement in the ACT. Minister, I understand that the commissioner for the environment has finalised this report and that you have had it since December last year, and yet you have not yet decided to release it for public consumption. Minister, why have you not yet released the report, and when will you release it?

MR CORBELL: I can confirm that, yes, I have received the commissioner’s state of the environment report. Under the relevant legislation, I have a statutory time frame in which to table that report. I am currently within time for the tabling of that report, and I will table that report consistent with the statutory time frame set out in the act.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how has the information gathered for the report on household and commercial greenpower usage in the ACT been used to formulate the Weathering the change—draft action plan 2?

MR CORBELL: The government has regard to a broad range of inputs in terms of the development of its policy settings on matter such as climate change policy and the state of the environment report is one of those inputs.

MS HUNTER: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, how was the waste data in the report used to help formulate the ACT waste strategy?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Hunter for the question and in relation to her question it is the same approach that I outlined in my answer to Ms Le Couteur’s question.

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