The Greens have announced a $15.5 million plan to protect our environment and reduce waste in the ACT to ensure that current and future generations can continue to enjoy our beautiful bush capital.
"Putting the community first means protecting what so many of us love here in Canberra - our beautiful hilltops, woodlands, national parks and wildlife for Canberrans now and in the future," said the ACT Greens spokesperson for Biodiversity and Conservation, Indra Esguerra.
The Greens’ environment policy builds on the Greens Parliamentary Agreement item to establish a Single Conservation Agency and commits additional funding to better protect the ACT’s unique biodiversity.
"Here in the ACT we have high quality protected woodlands and grasslands that are hard to find anywhere else in the country. Yet we have predators like the Little Eagle that are under threat from urban development, pests and global warming.
"As a long-time environmental activist myself, I know that across our city hundreds of volunteers commit significant time and skills to rehabilitating our parks, nature reserves, waterways and managing community gardens. The Greens are committed to investing in, and properly supporting, the people we rely on to take care of our environment.
"We have committed to funding an additional Community Coordinator to work with volunteers to manage our urban spaces and community gardens and two additional full time Park Rangers, one of which is a designated role for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee, for on-ground biodiversity management.
"We have also committed to an Eco-tourism Coordinator. We are so fortunate to live in the bush capital and want visitors to Canberra to know about our natural treasures like Mulligans Flat, Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Tidbinbilla," Ms Esguerra said.
Ms Esguerra was joined by ACT Greens Water spokesperson Michael Mazengarb, who said the Greens would create a dedicated Office for Water to manage all aspects of the water cycle.
"Right now the management of water is disjointed. Different agencies are responsible for different aspects of the water cycle.
"Our plan for an Office of Water which will be informed by an independent panel of experts including scientists, industry, community land carers, agriculturalists and Government to coordinate all aspects of managing the water cycle," Mr Mazengarb said.
"The Greens understand that as our city grows, we not only need to invest in convenient, fast, public transport so we can get around the city; but we must protect our environment and provide opportunities for everyone to connect with Canberra’s beautiful natural places," Ms Esguerra said.
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