The Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services invites submissions to its inquiry into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra.
The Committee’s terms of reference for this inquiry are attached.
On the lodgement of the Committee’s terms of reference on its website today, the Committee Chair, Suzanne Orr MLA, said:
“Canberra is often referred to as the “Bush Capital” which is not surprising given the extent of nature we’ve always had within our city. In years gone by, maintaining a natural environment within our city boundaries has been made easier by the smaller population to land space ratio.
But as we know, Canberra is growing and with this population growth comes the need to accommodate everyone who is catching on to what longer term residents have always known – Our Bush Capital is a great place to call home.
It is well known that expanding populations lead to expanding urban areas which can and do put pressure on the natural environment. This is especially the case in a land locked city where the options for urban development either become developing up or developing out.
Whether it be developing up or out, in their own ways each puts pressure on the balance between our urban and natural environments. The good news is it’s not necessarily a case of having one option or the other – but as the challenge becomes a bit trickier there is a need for a higher level of proactivity to make sure that as Canberra urbanises we always keep nature in our city.
This inquiry provides Canberrans with a great opportunity to have their say about nature in our city as our bush capital grows and I look forward to hearing people’s thoughts.”
The Committee’s terms of reference and other materials are accessible via the ACT Legislative Assembly website:
The Committee invites submissions from interested organisations and individuals to its inquiry. Written submissions should be lodged with the Committee Secretary by close of business on Friday, 8 June 2018.
The Committee prefers all submissions to be lodged in electronic form (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.
Submissions should be forwarded to:
The Committee Secretary, Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services, Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601.
The Committee intends to hold public hearings in August/September 2018 to assist its inquiry. Please be aware that the final witness selection rests with the Committee.
Further information on lodging a submission is available at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/Getting-involved.
Any further enquiries can also be directed to the Committee Secretary, on 62050199 or email at: LACommitteeETCS@parliament.act.gov.au