“This review is the chance for the ACT community to have their say on how the ACT Government ensures our environment remains protected.
“Our laws need to be progressive to keep up to date and responsive to technological advances, current industry practices and reflective of community values.
“One way to ensure that our laws are responsive to the changing needs of our community is to review our legislation.
“This discussion paper aIso provides extra background information on the issues that are under review and prompts stakeholders and general community members to get involved.”
Some of the issues that need to be considered include whether the objectives of the Act are still valid, whether it achieves its stated purpose and whether it provides a ‘best practice’ approach to our local environment.
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has unkindly responded by asking what’s going on with the long delayed review of the Nature Conservation Act:
With Simon Corbell today announcing a review of the Environment Protection Act, the Greens are calling on the Minister to clarify when he will finalise the review of the Nature Conservation Act, which was first announced 8 years ago in the lead up to the 2004 election.
“The Act certainly needs reviewing, but based on past history the public might wonder whether they should prepare their submissions for next week or 2020,” said ACT Greens Environment Spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury.
The Government announced they were reviewing the Nature Conservation Act as part of their 2004 election promises. It took until December 2010 to call for submissions, which closed in February 2011.
“As the current Assembly comes to a close, the Government still hasn’t even introduced an exposure draft for revised legislation.
“I know many in the community who made submissions to the Nature Conservation Act are frustrated by the Government’s lack of progress on this important matter.