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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 968..


There is greater participation by departmental staff; and

More selective use of consultants.

(3) $522,500 has been committed over four years for the development, implementation and review of the Community Engagement Initiative under the Building a Stronger Community Flagship of the Canberra Social Plan.

Insurance-pines

(Question No 198)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

(1) Will the Minister provide a copy of the insurance policy between the ACT Government, or its relevant agency/signatory to the contract, and its insurer for the pine plantations;

(2) If not, will the Minister advise if the insurance policy does specify the replanting of all, or a percentage of, softwood pines on the burnt areas in order to receive the full insurance payment;

(3) Has the Government completed a comparative cost benefit analysis of replanting pines against planting native woodland in the water catchments of Cotter, Molonglo and upper Murrumbidgee Rivers if the insurance policy does not specifically identify that pines be replanted.

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

(1) A copy of the policy can be made available, however, the policy expired on 30 June 2003.

(2) The settlement of the claim relating to the January 2003 bushfires occurred in March 2004. It allows the Government discretion on the use of the funds.

(3) A comprehensive business case on the re-establishment of ACT Forests was independently compiled in the wake of the 2003 bushfires. The report, "ACT Forests - Reforestation Review", was prepared by JAAKO POYRO Consulting in association with ANU, CSIRO and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

The business case was considered and analysed during the development of the Non-Urban Landuse Study. During this process, the assumptions and findings contained the business case were rigorously reviewed by ACIL Tasman Consulting and subsequently incorporated into the final version of the recommendations in the Non-Urban Landuse report.

Roads-parking facilities

(Question No 204)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

(1) How much revenue has been raised from pay parking ticket machines in Government-owned carparks in (a) Belconnen and (b) Tuggeranong in each month since January 2004;


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