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Nature In Our City

The Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services is inquiring into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra.

The Committee’s terms of reference and other materials are accessible below.

Submissions to this inquiry closed on 29 June 2018.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings during March to May 2019.

Enquiries can be directed to the Committee Secretary, Brianna McGill, on 6205 0124 or email LACommitteeETCS@parliament.act.gov.au

The Standing Committee has resolved to conduct the following inquiry –

Noting the importance of the natural environment to Canberra, including the level of public support for nature and the natural environment, the growing importance of urban open spaces and bushland reserves and the benefits they bring to Canberra and opportunities for development of Blue – through water – and Green – through natural form – infrastructure in Canberra resolved to inquire into and report on the matters affecting the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra, including:

1. The level of public support for and satisfaction with amount and quality nature and natural environment areas in Canberra, particularly in urban areas.

2. The types of nature and natural environmental areas within Canberra e.g. urban open spaces or bushland reserves and the existing or potential benefits and challenges they bring to Canberra’s:

  1. Social amenity;
  2. Economic development;
  3. Biodiversity; and/or
  4. Climate resilience.

3. Opportunities for Blue (water) and or Green (natural) Infrastructure in Canberra including;

  1. Functional requirements of proposed infrastructure;
  2. Cost and Maintenance considerations;
  3. Amenity benefits; and
  4. Conservation and biodiversity benefits.

4. Managing the interface between the natural environment and urban areas particularly in regards to conserved environmental areas.

5. Current policy or regulatory settings that impede the integration of the natural environment within optimal urban development and design.

6. Any other relevant matter.

Adopted 6 December 2017 and announced 22 February 2018

DescriptionPDFWord
Submission 001 - ACT Monaro Riverina Branch of the Australian Garden History Society PDF (495.6 KB)
Submission 002 - Sue McIntyre PDF (472.1 KB)
Submission 003 - Douglas Finlayson PDF (355.5 KB)
Submission 004 - Esther Gallant PDF (459.5 KB)
Submission 005 - Kevin McCue PDF (383.4 KB)
Submission 006 - Canberra Urban and Regional Futures PDF (5.2 MB)
Submission 007 - Jack Kershaw PDF (436.5 KB)
Submission 008 - Griffith Narrabundah Community Association Inc PDF (618.0 KB)
Submission 009 - Jenny Goldie PDF (461.4 KB)
Submission 010 - Hughes Residents' Association PDF (436.1 KB)
Submission 011 - Ginninderra Falls Association PDF (550.5 KB)
Submission 012 - Fenner School of Environment and Society PDF (1.4 MB)
Submission 013 - Glenn Smith PDF (7.1 MB)
Submission 014 - Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra PDF (2.1 MB)
Submission 015 - Molonglo Catchment Group PDF (771.2 KB)
Submission 016 - Canberra Bushwalking Club PDF (524.3 KB)
Submission 017 - National Trust of Australia (ACT) PDF (339.1 KB)
Submission 018 - Woodlands and Wetlands Trust PDF (649.7 KB)
Submission 019 - dsb Landscape Architects PDF (1.7 MB)
Submission 020 - Geoff Pryor PDF (595.6 KB)
Submission 021 - Yarralumla Residents Association PDF (765.2 KB)
Submission 022 - PR Temple & Advisers PDF (277.7 KB)
Submission 023 - ACT Equestrian Association PDF (509.4 KB)
Submission 024 - Michael Sim PDF (418.8 KB)
Submission 025 - Canberra Ornithologists Group PDF (296.4 KB)
Submission 026 - Peter Cranston PDF (209.5 KB)
Submission 027 - Christopher Watson PDF (6.2 MB)
Submission 028 - Friends of Aranda Bushland PDF (452.7 KB)
Submission 029 - Friends of Grasslands PDF (556.1 KB)
Submission 030 - Rosemary Blemings PDF (400.7 KB)
Submission 031 - CSIRO PDF (389.1 KB)
Submission 032 - Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment PDF (303.7 KB)
Submission 033 - Friends of Hawker Village PDF (442.9 KB)
Submission 034 - National Parks Association of the ACT PDF (570.7 KB)
Submission 035 - Inner South Canberra Community Council PDF (1.8 MB)
Submission 036 - Friends of Black Mountain PDF (1.4 MB)
Submission 037 - Linda Beveridge PDF (256.4 KB)
Submission 038 - Field Naturalists Association of Canberra PDF (501.0 KB)
Submission 039 - Libby Viccars PDF (211.0 KB)
Submission 040 - Cathy Ikin and Chris Ikin PDF (210.9 KB)
Submission 041 - Julie Hotchin PDF (600.6 KB)
Submission 042 - Bradley Moggridge PDF (274.2 KB)
Submission 043 - Riverview Projects (ACT) PDF (7.1 MB)
Submission 044 - Jane Aitken PDF (209.9 KB)
Submission 045 - Taryn Langdon PDF (369.6 KB)
Submission 046 - Tuggeranong Community Council PDF (602.4 KB)
Submission 047 - The Lyneham Commons PDF (503.5 KB)
Submission 048 - Deakin Residents Association PDF (970.1 KB)
Submission 049 - Friends of the Pinnacle PDF (365.7 KB)
Submission 050 - SEE-Change PDF (619.5 KB)
Submission 051 - Ken Taylor PDF (385.3 KB)
Submission 052 - Burley Griffin Guardians PDF (445.7 KB)
Submission 053 - Matthew Armstrong PDF (455.3 KB)
Submission 054 - Marianne Albury-Colless PDF (721.8 KB)
Submission 055 - Landcare ACT PDF (793.7 KB)
Submission 056 - ACT for Bees PDF (2.9 MB)
Submission 057 - Australian Association for Environmental Education PDF (385.8 KB)
Submission 058 - Ginninderra Catchment Group PDF (550.2 KB)
Submission 059 - Icon Water PDF (4.8 MB)
Submission 060 - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects PDF (641.2 KB)
Submission 061 - Sarah Nolan PDF (403.8 KB)
Submission 062 - Southern ACT Catchment Group PDF (637.7 KB)
Submission 063 - Elaine Hooke PDF (421.4 KB)
Submission 064 - ACT Young Planners Division, Planning Institute of Australia PDF (1.8 MB)
Submission 065 - Georgina Pinkas PDF (2.6 MB)
Submission 066 - ACT Conservation Council PDF (8.2 MB)
Submission 067 - ACT Government PDF (613.2 KB)
Submission 068 - Animal Justice Party PDF (558.0 KB)
Submission 069 - Barbara Mabbott PDF (6.9 MB)
Submission 070 - Environmental Defenders Office PDF (899.1 KB)
Submission 071 - Name Witheld PDF (5.6 MB)

View committee hearings transcripts

Go to current public hearings schedule

ETCS has hearings for Nature in Our City on:

  • 13 & 27 March 2019
  • 10 April 2019
  • 1, 8, 22 & 29 May 2019
DescriptionPDFWord
Answer to QToN CSIRO - 17 May 2019 PDF (461.4 KB)
Answer to QToN Environmental Defenders' Office PDF (2.4 MB)
DescriptionPDFWord
Media Release 1 - Inquiry into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra (23 Feb 2018) PDF (150.0 KB)
Media Release 2 - Committee extends closing date for submissions to Nature in our City Inquiry (7 June 2018) PDF (100.7 KB)
Media Release 3 - Third hearing on Nature in our City (9 April 2019) PDF (162.7 KB)
Media Release 4 - Fourth hearing on Nature in our City (30 April 2019) PDF (167.7 KB)
Media Release 5 - Fifth hearing on Nature in our City (7 May 2019) PDF (162.5 KB)
Correspondence - ACT Wildlife Incorporated supplementary information PDF (19.2 MB)
Exhibit - ACT for Bees PDF (157.9 KB)
Exhibit - Australian Garden History Association PDF (428.2 KB)
Exhibit - Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands Pesticide Use Notification Plan 2017 PDF (1.4 MB)
Exhibit - DW, ‘Germany sets new restrictions on glyphosate’ PDF (845.4 KB)
Exhibit - Friends of Grasslands PDF (86.2 KB)
Exhibit - Friends of the Arboretum Canberra PDF (34.7 KB)
Exhibit - Hearing 5 - Ginninderry - A case study 8 May 2019 PDF (2.2 MB)
Exhibit - Hearing 6 - ACT Wildlife - 2018 Annual Report PDF (4.7 MB)
Exhibit - Hearing 6 - News articles PDF (491.4 KB)
Exhibit - Hughes Residents Association submission to the Inquiry into Engagement with Development Application Processes in the ACT PDF (1.4 MB)
Exhibit - Leunig, ‘The Awfuliser’ PDF (119.0 KB)
Exhibit - Molonglo Conservation Group PDF (90.9 KB)
Exhibit - Mullin et al (2016) ‘Toxicological Risks of Agrochecmical Spray Adjuvants: Organosilicone Surfactants May not Be Safe’ PDF (492.4 KB)
Exhibit - SEE-Change PDF (128.5 KB)
Exhibit - Waters Consultancy (2017) ‘Ginninderry Development Project: Aboriginal Cultural Values Assessment Report, Redacted Version for Public Release’ PDF (1.6 MB)
Exhibit - Zhang et al (2019) ‘Exposure to Glyphosate-Based Herbicides and Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Meta-Analysis and Supporting Evidence PDF (368.3 KB)
Media Release 6 - Sixth hearing on Nature in the City PDF (162.5 KB)
Media Release 7 - Seventh hearing on Nature in our City (28 May 2019) PDF (294.6 KB)
Tabled document - Barbara Mabbot supplementary statement PDF (79.2 KB)
Tabled document - Christopher Watson, ‘The Murrumbidgee Gorge, Ginninderra Gorge, Falls, and Creek Corridor Boundaries’ PDF (3.1 MB)
Tabled document - Deakin Residents Association opening statement PDF (255.0 KB)
Tabled document - Geoff Pryor supplementary statement PDF (86.8 KB)
Tabled document - Georgina Pinkas opening statement PDF (182.0 KB)
Tabled document - Hughes Residents Association opening statement PDF (374.3 KB)
Tabled document - Matthew Armstrong, ‘Fully fenced playgrounds in the ACT’ PDF (137.3 KB)
Tabled document - Michael Sim opening statement PDF (82.6 KB)

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