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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 421..


Bushfires-budget initiatives

(Question No 1219)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the following 2003-04 bushfire budget initiatives how much of the allocated funding for 2002-03 and 2003-04 has been spent and what works have taken place (if any) and where (if applicable):

(1) Removal of pines and casuarinas;

(2) Fire Fuel Management - Accelerated Works;

(3) Re-greening fire affected areas;

(4) Replacement of gutters, footpaths and associated works;

(5) Rural road verges and fire fuel management plan;

(6) Bushfire Recovery Program - ACT Heritage Places;

(7) Increase bushfire fuel management planning resources;

(8) Spatial data acquisition - interpretation of recovery plans;

(9) Fire suppression trails and walking tracks;

(10) Completion of recreation recovery strategy;

(11) Rural assistance recovery program;

(12) Community engagement in restoration of Murrumbidgee;

(13) Landslip rectification.

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

(1) Removal of pines and casuarinas:

Removal of Pines and Casuarinas funding:

2002-03 - $210,000

2003-04 - $600,000

2002-03 - Removal of Pines and Casuarinas ($210,000)

$210,000 was fully expended during 2002-03 to remove virtually all fire affected pine trees, including stumps, in urban managed public land within the fire affected areas of Weston, Duffy, Holder and Curtin.

2003-04 - Removal of Pines and Casuarinas ($600,000)

$281,000 had been spent until 30 November 2003, focusing on removal work in areas along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, Pine Island, Bullen Range, Kambah Pool, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, and roads on rural leases.


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