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Lake Burley Griffin—watercourses and catchments

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Commissioner for the Environment Act, pursuant to section 22—Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—Report on the state of the watercourses and catchments for Lake Burley Griffin—

Part 1. Report, dated April 2012, including CD of Summary and Recommendations, Report and Appendices.

Part 2. Appendices, dated April 2012.

Part 3. Submissions, dated April 2012.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: In line with the resolution of the Assembly of 30 March 2011, as amended by the Assembly on 25 August 2011, which required the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment to investigate the state of watercourses and catchments for Lake Burley Griffin and to report to the Assembly by the last sitting day in May this year, I am pleased to table in the Assembly today the commissioner’s report on the investigation into the state of watercourses and catchments for Lake Burley Griffin.

The commissioner is to be congratulated for a wide and thorough review of the issues affecting our waterways and catchments. The commissioner has made 17 recommendations and the government will be considering these in detail in preparing a detailed response to the report.

Some of the recommendations relating to Lake Burley Griffin will involve significant contribution from the commonwealth, as that lake is the responsibility of the commonwealth under the national capital plan. The government is committed to working closely with the NCA to address the issues identified for Lake Burley Griffin while recognising the commonwealth’s funding and management responsibilities for that waterway.

The report identifies the need to engage with all the levels of government that have responsibility over our waterways that feed into our lakes. That consultative work will build on the positive contributions the commonwealth and local government areas in New South Wales have already made to findings of the report. In some cases action can be taken immediately and I have asked:

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