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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1514..


Dog owners

(Question No 158)

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the promotion of a scheme to reward responsible dog owners:

1. Is the Government commencing a scheme to reward responsible dog owners, and if so, when is the scheme commencing.

2. What is the nature of the prize/reward that will be given to selected animal owners.

3. Which company is providing the products for the prize and how was it selected.

4. Is the Government paying for these products or are they being provided for free by the company.

5. What is the total value of the products being supplied by the company

6. What services are being provided by the Government to the company in exchange for the products, for example, advertising

7. How was the scheme developed and, in particular did any pet product suppliers approach the Government to initiate this scheme.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Is the Government commencing a scheme to reward responsible dog owners, and if so, when is the scheme commencing.

Environment ACT and Domestic Animal Services commenced a scheme to reward responsible dog owners in early May 2002. The purpose of the scheme is to promote the ACT's dog legislation, by providing positive publicity through acknowledging and rewarding responsible dog owners.

(2) What is the nature of the prize/reward that will be given to selected animal owners.

Eight sample bags containing pet product samples are being distributed each week for six months. Each month, a 'winner' will be chosen from the previous four weeks. The monthly prize wi11 consist of a small basket of product samples, and a free dog wash from a local business. At the end of the six months, a grand prize will be offered. The nature of the grand prize is yet to be fully determined, although it will include two dog training sessions and a dog wash.

(3) Which company is providing the products for the prize and how was it selected.

A number of businesses are supplying prizes. These include Pedigree Pal (Uncle Bens), and two local 'pet industry' businesses. These companies were among a number of local and national businesses approached by Environment ACT and Domestic Animal Services.

(4) Is the Government paying for these products or are they being provided for free by the company.


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