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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 366..

Weed control

(Question No 1121)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice:

In relation to weed control:

(1) How many hectares of the ACT outside the urban areas are under Government management;

(2) How many hectares of these were burnt out in the January fires;

(3) Which of these areas have been inspected by government or independent agronomists to advise on weed control action;

(4) When was this undertaken;

(5) What were the estimated costs for weed control and what was the basis of these costs;

(6) In how many of these areas has the recommended weed control program been followed;

(7) Specifically, since the fires, how many hectares outside the current urban area of Canberra have been treated or sprayed for:

(a) Paterson's curse;

(b) St John's wort;

(c) other weeds;

(8) When did this occur;

(9) How much money has been spent on weed control in:

(a) 1999-00;

(b) 2000-01;

(c) 2001-02;

(d) 2002-03;

(e) so far in 2003-04.

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

(1) 159,000 hectares

(2) 129,000 hectares

(3) All broad areas that were burnt in the January fires have been assessed for weed control.

(4) This was undertaken progressively after the fires. Different weeds have different germination periods.

(5) While the full picture of weed growth is emerging, the funding allocated for weed control is deemed to be adequate to meet the predicted requirements. The weed growth in burnt areas will require several years to be brought under control.

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