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Thursday, 12 April 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Report 5

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (10.02): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 26 October 2017, as amended on 22 March 2018, I present the following report:

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee—Report 5—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2016-2017, dated 9 April 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The fifth report for the Ninth Assembly of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services is now presented. The annual and financial reports were referred to standing committees on 26 October 2017. The following annual reports, or sections of annual reports, were referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services: Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, including sport and recreation services and the environmental protection agency; Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, including the ACT Heritage Council and the Conservator of Flora and Fauna; the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment; and Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate.

The committee held two public hearings and heard from 36 witnesses from the relevant directorates and agencies. Twenty-two questions were taken on notice and 71 questions were placed on notice. Answers are available on the committee’s web page. The committee made 16 recommendations in total.

I would like to thank the committee for their patience and understanding through what has been a very unusual reporting period. As members will be aware, our former deputy chair passed away in December. Following Mr Doszpot’s passing, the membership of the committee further changed, with the departure of Mr Parton and the addition of Ms Lawder and Miss Candice Burch. The membership changes were not passed in the Assembly until the February sitting, giving the committee limited time to finalise the report by the March sitting. For the first time during this Assembly, the committee had to seek an extension to a reporting date.

Despite the short time between the March and April sitting periods, as well as the hospitalisation of the committee secretary, the committee was able to pass this report.

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