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ACT Forests merged into Department of Environment

01-July-2005

Title : MERGER OF ACT FORESTS, ENVIRONMENT ACT WILL ALLOW GREATER FOCUS ON CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT Minister : Jon Stanhope MLA

208/05 1 July 2005

MERGER OF ACT FORESTS, ENVIRONMENT ACT WILL ALLOW GREATER FOCUS ON CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT

The Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment Jon Stanhope has announced that from today the activities of Environment ACT and ACT Forests will be combined.

"Merging Environment ACT and ACT Forests will allow a greater focus on water catchment issues, the provision of visitor services, fire management and the development of major projects at places such as Tidbinbilla and Stromlo," Mr Stanhope said.

"This is a logical step, which will bring the expertise and complementary skills of the Territory's non-urban land managers together, creating a stronger and more effective group that can plan and deliver without concern for management boundaries. Animals, plants and fire do not acknowledge administrative borders and it is best that the management of our non-urban areas is done in a 'tenure-free' manner.

"The change brings all of the ACT's water supply catchment areas under a single management group. The community will now be able to talk directly to the one management agency in relation to non-urban issues. This should eliminate potential confusion arising from the need for rural leaseholders surrounded by government land to speak to two different agencies. Recreational users and event organisers will similarly now have a single point of government contact."

Mr Stanhope said the change was not a cost-saving measure, but a measure that would allow the Government to make maximum use of the professional skills at its disposal. Staff would be able to deliver better conservation, land management and recreational outcomes, with agencies no longer competing with each other for contractors and expertise. There was already a long tradition of staff movement between ACT Forests and Environment ACT and this development was a natural extension of existing close interaction between the agencies.

One of the primary benefits of the new arrangements would be the integration of land management in the Cotter Catchment. While Canberra had some of the cleanest water in the country, the Government was always seeking ways to improve management of this valuable resource. A single management agency across the catchment would allow operations to be conducted seamlessly across previous tenure boundaries.

Media Contact: Penelope Layland 6205 9777 Mobile 0438 289 714 penelope.layland@act.gov.au Leah De Forest 6205 1690 Mobile 0411 779 569 leah.deforest@act.gov.au

Jon Stanhope MLA CHIEF MINISTER ATTORNEY GENERAL MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER FOR ARTS, HERITAGE & INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS MEMBER FOR GINNINDERRA.


See also articless in The Canberra Times and on ABC News Online.


 

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