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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 686..


(2) Is the spread being mapped from year to year;

(3) What strategies are used to ensure they do not spread into nature parks.

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

(1) Parks, Conservation and Lands (PCL) in the Department of Territory and Municipal Services manages an annual weed spraying program on unleased land and actively engages with rural lessees to treat weed infestations and to encourage the reduction of over grazing which can cause weeds to spread.

Paterson's Curse is a broadacre weed found in grasslands and pastures. Whilst it is widespread throughout south eastern Australia it is not considered to be a weed of national significance. In the ACT, the emphasis is on controlling Paterson's Curse in high conservation areas, roadsides and the Government Horse Holding Paddocks. A spring/autumn weed control program for the ACT Government Horse Holding Paddocks was undertaken in 2007 and will be followed up with an autumn 2008 control program.

St John's Wort is a high priority weed in the ACT as it readily invades pastures, grasslands and woodlands. A summer control program for St John's Wort concentrates on rural roadsides, high conservation value grasslands and yellow box, red gum grassy woodlands. When possible, sheep are utilised to graze the St John's Wort rosettes during winter.

(2) The locations of confirmed pest plants on unleased Territory land are mapped and updated at the end of each financial year.

(3) To minimise the risk of the spread of pest plants into high conservation areas, PCL enforces strict cleaning procedures for the maintenance of vehicles and slashers. Follow-up weed spraying is also undertaken.

Arts and letters—M16 galleries

(Question No 1823)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

(1) Is it true that the workshops and galleries at M16 are being relocated; if so, for what reason;

(2) Where will M16 activities be relocated to.

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

M16 has met with the Government to discuss its current and longer-term accommodation needs.

While M16's accommodation needs are being considered in future arts' facilities planning, there are no immediate plans to relocate the organisation.


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