The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (OCSE) is noting its 20th birthday today:
Commissioner Bob Neil today led celebrations as the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (OCSE) celebrated its 20th birthday.
Since its inception in 1993, the Office has delivered 531 recommendations, with 279 of these deriving from the State of the Environment reports.
Neil was joined by Simon Corbell MLA, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, as Bill Wood AM, Minister for Land, Environment and Planning in 1993, launched “Leading the Way”, a history of the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment.
The current Commissioner, who was joined by inaugural Commissioner Dr Joe Baker and former Commissioner Dr Rosemary Purdie, reflected on the significant achievements of the Office.
“We have come a long way since the organisation’s early beginnings,” Commissioner Neil said. “It has taken a lot of hard work and a tremendous amount of commitment from a large number of people to achieve everything that we have to date.
“Canberrans place a high value on the city’s reputation as the bush capital and the Office aims to share its vision of ‘living sustainably’ by advancing sustainability and environmental security through advocacy, independent scrutiny reporting and advice.”
The independent role of the ACT environment Commissioner was the first in Australia and the third in the world, established in 1993 with full bipartisan support in the Legislative Assembly.