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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5806..


(1) No. The ACT Government horse holding paddocks are managed under contract through a tender process. The contractor responsible for the management of the ACT Government Horse Holding Paddocks (HHP) is required to manage the complexes in accordance with an agreed business plan.

(2) The ACT currently has approximately 1038 hectares of land across 16 holdings allocated to HHP.

(3) Over the past five years the HHP has experienced a reduction in the size of over 44.5 hectares.

(4) The use of vacant land as horse holding paddocks is considered by the ACT Government as a viable and worthwhile community use of these areas, prior to their withdrawal for development purposes. If a horse holding paddock is not required for development, then that area is likely to remain as a horse holding paddock.

(5) No. The horse holding paddocks were initially made available in 1960 to encourage Canberra residents to remove horses from their back yards. In later years, grazing by horses was seen as a legitimate temporary use of the land until it was required for a more beneficial use. As paddocks are withdrawn for development, the affected agistees generally turn to private enterprise operators, many of which can provide horse agistment opportunities on rural leased land close to the urban edge.

ACTION bus service—patronage

(Question No 432)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 19 November 2009:

(1) Can the Minister provide an overall breakdown of patronage and farebox revenue for ACTION services for June 2009.

(2) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of patronage and revenue by route and by number for ACTION services for June 2009.

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

(1) The breakdown of patronage and farebox revenue on ACTION regular route services for June 2009 is

Revenue

Patronage

Adult

$ 926, 444

521, 961

Concession

$ 350, 932

419, 298

School

$ 210, 995

290, 830

Free

$ -

42, 777

Total

$ 1, 488, 371

1, 274, 866

(2) The breakdown of patronage and farebox revenue on ACTION regular route services by route for June 2009 is


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