Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government seeks feedback on environment protection

THE ACT Government has called for feedback on a new discussion paper that seeks to improve the way work is undertaken to protect the local environment, including water ways, grasslands and woodlands.

Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell released the discussion paper last week, which is part of the review into the Environment Protection Act 1997.

"This review is the chance for the ACT community to have their say on how the ACT Government ensures our environment remains protected," Mr Corbell said.

"Our laws need to be progressive to keep up to date and responsive to technological advances, current industry practices and reflective of community values."

The Minister said the discussion paper also provides extra background information on the issues that are under review and prompts stakeholders and general community members to get involved.

According to the government, 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.

More information is available from the ACT Government's Time to Talk website at <http://www.timetotalk.act.gov.au/>.

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