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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 1189..

complaints. Under agreement with the RSPCA, trapped cats are passed on to the RSPCA shelter at Weston.

Parks Conservation and Lands have conducted a cat trapping program within the fenced perimeter of the nearby Mulligan's Flat Reserve. Recent sand traps and camera points have not detected any cat activity within the fenced area.

(3) Currently, under the Domestic Animals Act 2000, cats must be fully contained within the private lease boundaries of homes in the suburbs of Forde and Bonner.

Environment—protected trees

(Question No 558)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

How many applications to remove native Australian protected trees under the Tree Protection Act 2005 and the Nature Conservation Act 1980 had been made in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009 and how many of these have been approved.

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

(a) From March 2006 when the Tree Protection Act 2005 commenced,

1300 applications were received with 909 approved;

(b) 1499 applications received with 980 approved;

(c) 1442 applications received with 898 approved;

(d) 1348 applications received with 830 approved.

The Tree Protection Unit, TAMS, has further advised that an approval does not necessarily mean the tree was removed. The approval is valid for 5 years. An approval may involve multiple trees with only one removed at this point.

There have been 4 licences issued pursuant to the Nature Conservation Act 1980 to remove native timbers. These licences are infrequently issued as their application relates to reserved areas. Trees in reserved areas may be removed by Conservation Officers in the course of reserve works including for safety reasons without the need for a licence to be issued by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna.

Environment—energy efficiency ratings

(Question No 559)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

How many energy efficiency rating audits have been conducted since 1 July 2009.

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

(1) 118 audits have been performed since 1 July 2009. As per the agreement of the Assembly, made on 1 April 2009. Energy efficiency audit information will be available in the ACT Planning and Land Authority's Annual Report.

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