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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3617..


In relation to the recent restructuring of your Department and the establishment of the new child support unit within the Chief Minister's Department, can the Minister advise of the current roles and responsibilities of senior officials stood aside as a result of departmental failings in regard to the non-compliance of the Children and Young People Act 1999 which resulted in the Vardon inquiry.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

One of the senior officials who was stood aside has returned to her position as Chief Executive of the Department of Education and Training. The other official has taken a position as an Executive Director within the Chief Minister's Department.

Roads-animal carcasses

(Question No 1629)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 30 June 2004:

(1) How often are A.C.T. roads inspected for kangaroo and other dead animal carcasses;

(2) Who is responsible for carrying out this activity;

(3) In what areas or particular roads is this activity carried out;

(4) What is the average number of carcasses that have been removed each (a) day, (b) week, (c) month and (d) year in the A.C.T. over the last three financial years;

(5) What is the (a) actual number of carcasses that have been removed and (b) cost per annum to the A.C.T. for removal of these carcasses each year for the last three financial years;

(6) If regular inspections of roadways for carcasses is not currently carried out, why not and is it left to concerned citizens to report such carcasses for removal;

(7) Are there concerns about the health implications of leaving such carcasses to decay along roadways if removals are not carried out on a regular basis;

(8) What is the A.C.T. Government's legal position if a carcass is not removed promptly and becomes a dangerous obstacle to drivers and pedestrians or poses a health risk.

Mr Stanhope: The answers to the questions asked by the member are as follows:

(1) Environment ACT rangers provide a rostered 24 hour per day Urban Wildlife Service which includes responding to incidents of kangaroo injury or death following motor vehicle collisions. Rangers rostered to the Urban Wildlife Program undertake patrols throughout the urban area each day to remove kangaroo carcasses. These rangers also respond to reports of dead and injured kangaroos received from members of the Community.

(2) Environment ACT rangers.

(3) A database of kangaroo incidents is maintained to assist rangers to target patrols in particular problem areas. Whilst incidents of kangaroo collisions can occur over a very


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