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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 345..

Package 4

1. Billson Pl, Wanniassa

2. Marconi Cres, Kambah

3. Halfrey Cct, Wanniassa

4. Karney St, Kambah

5. Summerland Cct, Kambah

6. Maxworthy St, Kambah

Package 5

1. Rechner St, Flynn

2. Delaney Ct Melba

3. Sculptor St, Giralang

4. Copeland Dr, Melba

5. Mildenhall St, Fraser

6. Bishop St, Melba

7. Throssell St, Curtin

8. Stangways St, Curtin

9. Lansell Cct, Wanniassa

10. Hogue Pl, Gilmore

5. The upgrade of the Captain Cook Crescent playground is programmed to (a) begin construction in April 2005 and (b) be completed in May 2005.

Environment and conservation-street trees

(Question No 60)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:

In relation to the allocation for maintenance of trees in public places, for example street trees and trees in parks, (a) how much was the allocation in 2004-05, (b) how much of the allocation is dedicated to new planting, (c) how much of the allocation is dedicated to the maintenance of existing trees and (d) has this ratio changed as a result of drought; if so, what was the previous ratio.

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

(1) The 2004-05 budget for the Tree Maintenance Service Level Agreement is

$2.35 million.

(2) A further $70,000 was allocated for planting and establishment of trees in 2004-05. This is allocated to planting new trees predominantly as replacements for those that have been removed as part of routine tree maintenance activities.

(3) $2.35 million is dedicated to the maintenance of existing trees in 2004-05.

(4) There is no set ratio between the allocation for maintenance of existing trees and that for planting. In 2003-04 the budget for the Tree Maintenance Service Level Agreement was $1.95 million and a separate allocation of $120,000 was expended on the planting and establishment of trees. The planting allocation was set lower in 2004-05 than in 2003-04 as the ongoing drought conditions increase the risk of failure of newly planted trees. Trees are currently being planted where the adjacent resident has committed to provide supplementary water to the tree, or where the project includes an extended consolidation period for the new trees.

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