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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3394..

Firewood sellers

(Question No 297)

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

In relation to the licensing of firewood sellers:

(1) Could you provide a list of the names, business addresses, and date of registration of all firewood sellers that are currently licensed.

(2) What checks have been made of the compliance of individual firewood sellers with the conditions of their licence as set out in Regulation 39A of the Environment Protection Regulations since the beginning of the licensing scheme.

(3) What inspections have been carried out of any premises of licensed firewood sellers since the beginning of the licensing scheme.

(4) What actions have been taken against any licensed firewood sellers that have not complied with the conditions of their licence.

(5) What actions have been taken against any person found to be selling firewood in the ACT without a licence.

(6) What data is kept of the species, source and type of firewood sold by licensed firewood sellers that is required to be disclosed to customers under Subregulation 39A(l)(g).

(7) What staff and financial resources have been used to administer the licensing of firewood sellers over the 2001-02 financial year.

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

(1) Attached is a list outlining the details you requested for firewood merchants currently authorised to operate in the ACT. The contact details for these merchants is also available from the Environment ACT website and helpdesk.

(2) In accordance with Section 57 of the Environment Protection Act 1997 all standard environmental authorisations, which includes firewood authorisations, are reviewed annually.

As part of their annual review firewood merchants must complete a Review Questionnaire. The questionnaire has been designed to determine if a merchant is complying with their authorisation conditions.

Where a merchant is not complying with their authorisation they are sent a warning letter from Environment ACT indicating that they must comply with the conditions of their authorisation. Any complaints received from the public or issues identified by Environment ACT are also considered in the annual review.

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