Page 3564 - Week 08 - Friday, 24 August 2012

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Ms Lainie Loewe

MR SPEAKER: Members, while we are in the mode of farewells, I would like to take a moment to also acknowledge that today is Lainie Loewe’s last day of service to the Assembly. Lainie is in the public gallery at the moment. She has been a sessional attendant at the Assembly since 2003. I would like to thank her very much for her service to the Assembly since that time. I remind members and staff that there will be a morning tea to farewell Lainie on Monday morning at 10.30 am, and all occupants of the building are invited to join us. Lainie, enjoy your retirement and thank you for your contribution.

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee

Report 7

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (10.58): I present the following report:

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee—Report 7—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2010-11, dated 24 August 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I will speak briefly on this report to thank my fellow committee members on the climate change committee: Ms Porter, who is the deputy chair, and Mr Seselja. I also thank the secretary, Sam Salvaneschi, Dr Michael Sloane and Lydia Chung, who helped to put together this report on annual and financial reports.

There is not too much as far as recommendations go within this report, but there are a couple that I would like to highlight. One of those is around the importance of the ACT Environment Protection Authority continuing to monitor the progress of the mapping and management of ACT sites contaminated with asbestos and other hazardous material.

This is an ongoing issue that we need to keep an eye on here in the territory as we develop. Certainly, as we have greenfields developments and so forth going on in this city, we need to ensure not only that we make it safe for those building those new suburbs but also that we are continuing to locate and map where we do have hazardous materials and asbestos. I believe Mr Hargreaves yesterday touched on this issue when he spoke about sheep dips across the territory and that we still did not have a complete map of those sites. So we do make a recommendation in the report around mapping and monitoring.

We also recommended that the ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development present to the Assembly an update on how the government intends to

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