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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4459..


Roads—safety barrier systems (Question No 1757)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 25 August 2011:

(1) What information, if any, does the TAMS Directorate have about the negative effects of road safety barrier systems on native wildlife.

(2) Does the TAMS Directorate collect and keep records of the number of animals found dead in road safety barrier systems.

(3) Does the TAMS Directorate take into account the potential negative effects of road safety barriers on native wildlife when installing such barrier systems.

(4) Does the TAMS Directorate seek to mitigate the potential negative effects of road safety barriers on native wildlife through the provision of any specific devices or augmentations to the barrier systems and if not, why not.

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

(1) While there is no formal information about the effects of road safety barrier systems on native wildlife, considerable corporate knowledge has been accumulated over the years within the Directorate in managing these issues.

(2) No.

(3) Yes.

(4) Yes, where practical through the provision of breaks in safety barriers to allow wildlife to cross and/or the provision of culverts especially designed to enable wildlife to cross beneath the road.

Health—subsidy schemes (Question No 1758)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 25 August 2011:

In relation to the concession schemes of (a) ACT Artificial Limb Scheme, (b) ACT Equipment Scheme, (c) ACT Senior Spectacles Scheme, (d) Ambulance Transport Levy Exemption, (e) Dental Services Scheme, (f) Funeral Assistance, (g) Home Enteral Nutrition, (h) Home Haemodialysis Rebate, (i) Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme, (j) Life Support, (k) Low Vision Aids and (l) Spectacles Subsidy Scheme, (i) what is the budget allocation for the following concession schemes for the years 2011-12 to 2014-15, (ii) how many subsidies does the budget provide for in each year, (iii) what growth in the number of subsidies provided each year has been factored in, (iv) what year was the scheme introduced, (v) what has been the total cost of subsidies provided each year since its inception, for example, the take up rate and (vi) how many subsidies were provided in each year since its inception.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member's question is as follows:


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