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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (22 November) . . Page.. 3798..

(b) The Australian National University has analysed the results of the ACT Government frog monitoring program. A report is being prepared. Data indicates that some frogs are more common and widespread in the ACT than others, and that there has been no significant decline or increase. Frogwatch program data is summarised in the Frogwatch Annual Report produced by the Gininderra Catchment Group.

With regard to the corroboree frog, data indicates that there has been a decline to a few remaining breeding adults with the real threat of extinction in the ACT over the next five to ten years. With this in mind, in 2003 the ACT Government established a captive colony of Corroboree Frogs from eggs collected in the wild. This program now has over 1,000 Corroboree Frogs in captivity. The aim of the program is to eventually release frogs back to the wild.

Kangaroos—cull permits

(Question No 1726)

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

(1) How many kangaroo cull permits have been issued in the ACT in the past three years;

(2) Who have these permits been issued to, and on what terms;

(3) What are the numbers of kangaroos (a) permitted to be and (b) actually culled within each permit.

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

(1) Over the past three years, 117 licences were issued to cull Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the ACT. Per year: 2005 - 49; in 2006 - 38; and in 2007 - 30.

(2) These licences were issued to rural lessees in the ACT and the Department of Defence. In the ACT, unlike all other states and territories in Australia, there is a specified kangaroo shooting season. The kangaroo shooting season is from 1 March to 31 July each year. Licences to cull are issued once the application has been approved by the Australian Federal Police and relevant ACT Government land management officers. Licensees must abide by the code of practice for the humane destruction of kangaroos within the ACT.

(3) (a) The total number of kangaroos permitted to be culled over the past three years was 16,920. This includes the licence issued to the Department of Defence to cull 3,325 Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

(b) The actual number of kangaroos culled in this period was 9,461.

Environment—energy audits

(Question No 1731)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 17 October 2007 (redirected to the Minister for Housing):

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