Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 1504..
(Question No 59)
Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 12 February 2009:
What are the Minister's plans for the ongoing maintenance and upgrade of Throsby Park, Griffith, with regard to (a) planting of new trees, (b) pruning of existing trees, (c) removal of broken glass, (d) the removal of old concrete post footings, (e) grass, including irrigation, (f) footpaths, (d) the old tennis court, (e) storm water drains and (f) signage.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
Parks, Conservation and Lands (PCL) in the Department of Territory and Municipal Services has programmed the following maintenance for Throsby Park, Griffith:
(a) A number of dead and declining trees and wattles have been marked for removal. These trees and shrubs will be removed during the next two months. A re-planting plan will be developed for the park with a view to replanting trees during winter 2009.
(b) A number of large over-mature trees including several Eucalypts, Oaks and Pinoaks will be assessed by an arborist during March 2009 and either pruned to make them safe or removed if necessary. This work has been programmed for completion by the end of April 2009.
(c) PCL has assessed the condition of the park. Maintenance to remove the broken glass in the park was undertaken during the week commencing 23 February 2009. PCL will monitor the park to ensure that it is being maintained in accordance with the maintenance specifications for a neighbourhood park.
(d) There are abandoned asphalt paths and concrete in Throsby Park associated with the old childcare centre and these will be removed by the end of July 2009.
(e) Assessment of the grassed areas, including the disused tennis court, indicates that the current maintenance standards are sufficient. Regular maintenance includes medium frequency mowing of the grass carried out in accordance with standard specifications. The mowing of grass is highly dependent on seasonal factors and the grass is mown as frequently as required to maintain it within specification. On average, mowing is undertaken every 3 to 4 weeks in spring and summer and every 5 to 8 weeks in autumn and winter.
There are no plans to reinstate the tennis court and this grassed land area is maintained as open space along with the remainder of the park.