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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (22 November) . . Page.. 3797..


Environment—tree replacements

(Question No 1722)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2007:

(1) How many trees will be replaced throughout urban areas in Canberra in 2007-08 in response to global warming and at what cost;

(2) When will the project (a) start and (b) finish;

(3) What areas will this project encompass;

(4) In what area will this project (a) start and (b) finish.

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

(1) In 2007-08 approximately 5,400 trees will be planted within urban areas at a cost of about $180 each. This includes the cost of supplying, planting and consolidating. The total budget for 2007/2008 is approximately $300,000. The main aim is to maintain the quality of our urban forest rather than as a response to climate change.

(2) There is no project as such. Routine planting and capital works planting programs takes place during winter, spring and autumn each year.

(3) Tree replacement programs in 2007-08 focuses on older parts of the city.

(4) Planting programs will continue within the limitations imposed by the prevailing drought and any future restrictions that limit access to water.

Frogs—census

(Question No 1725)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 17 October 2007:

Is there a census of frog numbers and species; if so, (a) where does this census occur and (b) what have been the results for these regions since 2000.

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

(a) The ACT Government has conducted an extensive frog monitoring program at 80 sites across the ACT since 1997. In addition, for the past 3 years the ACT Government has supported the Gininderra Catchment Group to monitor another 140 sites in the ACT through the community based Frogwatch program.

The ACT Government also conducts an annual monitoring program specifically for corroboree frogs in the sub-alpine bogs in Namadgi National Park.


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