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I was very pleased to be out there on the weekend at Bullock Paddock Road, and Ms Porter was there as well, to mark the completion of the Cotter catchment regeneration project. There was a great turnout by volunteers on the day. Around 300 volunteers were present for what was a stunning day out in the Cotter catchment just behind the Uriarra settlement. There we marked the completion of this very valuable community partnership.
It is those types of partnerships that we are going to continue to foster into the future and in which programs like the environmental grants program have an important role to play.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.
MS BERRY: Minister, does the government intend to pursue the continued care and protection of our natural environment?
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell. It is a tenuous connection with the original question.
MR CORBELL: It is entirely relevant, and I thank Ms Berry for it. Yes, the government will be continuing to engage with the community organisations obviously. We will continue with the current round in relation to grants under the environment grants program but we will also be focusing on some very important work into the future, for example, catchment management. On-the-ground, community-based organisations will have a vital role to play.
The government has been successful in securing in-principle support from the commonwealth for up to $85 million worth of funding for improved catchment management to improve the health of our waterways, our lakes and our ponds. As we reach finalisation of those agreements with the commonwealth, the engagement of land care groups, park care groups, water watch groups will be critical, because they will be doing a lot of the restoration work, environment management and conservation work on the ground, along our riverine estuaries, along our streams and around our lakes and ponds. That will be a very important task.
They will be getting that support directly because of this government’s ability to secure the support of the commonwealth for dollars to improve catchment health, and that has great benefits for the natural environment, both in terms of our waterways as well as land areas and the protection and enhancement of those areas of our environment.
ACTEW Corporation Ltd—management
MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister as a shareholder in ACTEW. I refer to the 2011-12 ACTEW Corporation Ltd annual report to the ACT government. The annual report states that ACTEW has two subsidiary companies, ACTEW Retail Ltd and ACTEW Distribution Ltd, both of which are wholly owned by the people of