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Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 39—Copy of notice provided to the Ombudsman—Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate—Freedom of Information request—Decision not made in time, dated 2 September 2018.

ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group—annual report 2017-18

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (3.22): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Water Resources Act, pursuant to subsection 67D(3)—ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group—Annual report 2017-18.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, I am pleased to table the 2017-18 annual report for the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group. On 4 August 2015, the ACT Legislative Assembly amended the Water Resources Act 2007 and established the coordination group as a statutory body. The coordination group’s membership includes the relevant CEOs of the key ACT directorates, Icon Water, and the National Capital Authority; and the general managers of south-east Local Land Services, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Yass Valley Council respectively. The group is independently chaired by Emeritus Professor Ian Falconer and the community is represented by water expert Dr Fiona Dyer, from the University of Canberra. I have met with Professor Ian Falconer several times this year to receive updates on the coordination group’s business.

The catchment strategy seeks to improve resilience and the ability to address change for the ACT and region, particularly in terms of increased potential for temperature rises, rainfall variation and more extreme climate events, such as bushfires and flooding, and changing land use, particularly increased development. The annual report details the major achievements of the coordination group, provides an update on the broader progress on implementation of the catchment strategy and sets out the priorities for 2018-19.

To date, three of the 19 actions contained within the catchment strategy are complete, 10 are underway and progressing well, and the remaining six are not yet planned for commencement. This is a commendable achievement, since the strategy was only agreed by government in August 2016 and many of the actions were unfunded at the time.

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