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To contribute to improved public knowledge of grasslands, data has been uploaded to the government’s public spatial database ACTMAPi providing the location of all native grasslands and species interest.

A strategic vision for conservation areas including the Commonwealth is being progressed for Gungahlin via a strategic assessment under the EPBC Act. Reinstating the Natural Temperate Grasslands Recovery Team is suggested as a priority however is somewhat hampered by a change of direction within NSW Office and Environment and Heritage away from recovery plans and focusing more on priority action statements.

Corridor planning was a priority for improving relationships. CPR has completed research into connectivity and liaise with the planning authority to have these results built into future suburban design as well as augmenting existing areas of connectivity. Another priority identified by the forum for improving relationships was the establishment of voluntary conservation agreements. The possibilities for enhancing private conservation in the ACT are being explored in the current review of the Nature Conservation Act.

(10) No application for funding for an information facilitator/coordinator has been received from the Natural Resource Management Council.

Legislative Assembly—members’ staff timesheets
(Question No 2205)

Mr Coe asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 29 March 2012:

(1) In relation to page 6 of the Auditor-General’s Administration of employment issues for staff of Members of the Legislative Assembly performance audit report which noted that “... for the period from 1 July 2007 to 18 February 2009, Minister’s staff recorded 39 days leave in their timesheets that were not deducted from their leave balances held by the Shared Services Centre. Given the high rate of non-compliance, there are higher risks of irregularity. The failure to account for leave taken amounts to obtaining a benefit to which the employee is not entitled”, how many staff in the Minister’s office received a benefit to which they were not entitled.

(2) Which staff received a benefit to which they were not entitled.

(3) What was the position and level of these staff.

(4) In whose office were staff obtaining benefits to which they weren’t entitled from.

(5) Did the President of the Labor Party receive a benefit to which he was not entitled.

(6) Was any action taken to recover money in relation to this issue; if so, (a) when did this occur and (b) what was the result of this.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As part of the audit of entitlements for Legislative Assembly Members Staff, in the period from July 2007 to February 2009, the Audit Office identified four staff where leave forms could not be found although the leave taken was recorded on timesheets.

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