Page 2265 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 4 August 2015

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MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (5.04), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill. This is an important bill that puts in place the government’s arrangements we need to drive forward coordinated catchment management for our lakes, our ponds and our waterways across the ACT and into the broader catchment across our borders. I am very pleased with the support the Assembly is giving to these arrangements today. I make the observation that the appointment issues Ms Lawder has raised are no different from the appointment to any other advisory body set up by legislation. I assure her that the conduct will be the same as it is for any other advisory body.

In relation to the delivery of better catchment management, this advisory body sets the groundwork very well so we can continue to deliver on improved catchment management across the broader region and as it affects the ACT directly. Mr Rattenbury is right to highlight the very significant steps that are now being taken to plan for and deliver improved catchment management infrastructure to improve water quality here in the ACT. It is a project I am very proud of and the work that is being done by the Environment and Planning Directorate is of the highest standard. I look forward to seeing that work come to fruition in the next 12 months. Today all I need to do is thank members for their support of this bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Repeal Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 4 June 2015, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.07): The opposition will be supporting the passing of the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Repeal Bill 2015. The bill repeals the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Act and begins the process of winding up the trust. In its place, a new fund, the ACT road safety fund, commenced on 1 July this year. This fund will continue the work of the trust and continue to deliver beneficial outcomes for all road users.

The safety trust was established by this Assembly in 1992 with the establishment of the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Act. The trust was established as a charitable trust with the purpose of, amongst other things, promoting and stimulating research into and investigation of road safety; implementing accident and injury countermeasures; and assisting in the care and rehabilitation of persons injured or traumatised as a result of road accidents.

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