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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 367..


(6) The recommended program is being followed in all areas. However, priorities may change because of seasonal conditions and germination rates of some weed species.

(7)

(a) 100 hectares of infestation

(b) Weed control for St John's wort is currently in progress as the window of opportunity for control is during flowering.

(c) Control of other weeds in burnt areas has been limited as regrowth is not sufficient to carry chemicals to the roots and kill the plant. ACT Forests have worked on woody weed control (mainly blackberry bushes) and control of serrated tussock throughout the 10,000 hectares of burnt forestry land.

(8) Control of weeds in burnt areas has been ongoing since April 2003

(9) Environmental weed control is undertaken on land managed by Environment ACT and ACT Forests. The cost for land managed by Environment ACT:

(a) $507,568

(b) $538,501

(c) $480,493

(d) $341,910

(e) A total of $80,652 has been spent on weed control by Environment ACT up-to the end of November 2003.

Weed control projects to the value of $101,500 have been started but were not completed at the end of November 2003. A further $350,000 is expected to be spent by the end of February 2004, with the balance spread over the three months to the end of May 2004.


Since 2001-2002 ACT Forests have received $100,000 per annum to spend on environmental weeds and $50,000 per annum on pine wilding removal under its Commuity Service Obligation (CSO). It will spend $80,000 on blackberry weed control from its annual CSO funding this summer and autumn. It will spend about $5,000 on St John's wort in a program with Environment ACT in the next few weeks. This is additional to expenditure on weed control related to forestry operations.

Graffiti

(Question No 1126)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 25 November 2003.

In relation to graffiti in the 2002 calendar year and the 2003 calendar year to date:

(1) How many graffiti offences were reported to police;

(2) Were all reports investigated;

(3) In how many cases were individuals (a) identified (b) questioned and (c) charged;

(4) How many of these individuals were successfully prosecuted;

(5) What were the penalties imposed in each of these successful prosecutions;


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