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The coordination group’s annual report provides the following highlights: finalising a framework for interjurisdictional catchment management decision-making; reaching in-principle agreement to cost-sharing arrangements for key projects identified in the catchment strategy; supporting the ACT government’s endeavours to develop interjurisdictional water trading arrangements as a method of optimising unused water entitlements to provide a funding stream for enhancing catchment management in the region; strategically reinforcing the role of community-based catchment groups by supporting the ACT government’s contribution of $352,000 to transition to a more sustainable operating model; and finalising the drafting of a regional post-emergency recovery framework which considers the causes and threats to our catchment, and the steps needed to recover in the event of a major disaster if it occurs. You would also have noticed that the H2OK stormwater education program is in full swing, promoting the central message “Only rain down the stormwater drain”.
The government supports the proposed activities of the group for 2018-19, including: opportunities for a wider uptake of citizen science data through bodies such as Waterwatch and Frogwatch; continuation of the H2OK education program; investigating opportunities for drought resilience in relation to securing long-term water supplies for the ACT and region; reducing sediment, nutrient and pathogen loads to waterways at key sites across the region; and exploring ways to increase Aboriginal involvement in water planning and management.
I want to thank Professor Falconer, chair of the coordination group, and other members for their time and commitment. Professor Falconer brings a wealth of technical expertise and experience to the group, and his dedication to working together across borders will ensure that the work of the coordination group is valuable to the ACT and our regional counterparts. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Our Booris, Our Way—interim report
Paper and statement by minister
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Disability, Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Minister for Government Services and Procurement, Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.26): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Our Booris, Our Way—Interim report, dated August 2018
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I am pleased to provide the Our Booris, Our Way interim report to the Legislative Assembly. As members know, in June 2017 I announced a review to look at the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families involved with the child protection system. Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are three per cent of all children and young people in our community, they make up 28 per cent of those in out of home care. This