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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1636..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Belconnen dog park

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Thursday, 23 February 2012): Both the Tuggeranong and Belconnen dog parks were the first to be constructed by the Territory and initially did not contain separate small dog off-leash areas. Since opening the dog parks, and in response to community requests, a small dog area was added to the Tuggeranong off-leash dog park in December 2010.

Subject to funding availability, construction of a small dog enclosure attached to the existing dog off-leash area would be feasible for the Belconnen dog park.

Following extensive community consultation, the design guidelines developed for the dog parks recommended that lighting is not installed; rather, that use after daylight is not encouraged for safety reasons.

Trees—replacement

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan on Tuesday, 20 March 2012): The Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate is conscious of the need to take advantage of the favourable weather conditions and has increased its commitment to tree planting from 2010 in line with the improved conditions.

In 2010-11 financial year approximately 1,200 trees were planted in urban streets and parks. To date in the 2011-12 financial year approximately, 270 trees were planted over the 2011 winter, 660 trees were planted within urban areas in spring 2011, and an autumn planting program involving a further 700 trees will commence in May 2012. TAMS is currently developing a winter planting program involving approximately 1,000 trees that will commence in August 2012.

The Government has increased funding since 2010 for tree planting which has led to the improved planning for planting as well as a scaling up of the program.

It is expected that as many as 2,000 new trees will be planted in the 2012-13 financial year (during spring and autumn) to replace gaps in streets and some parkland areas where trees have been removed.

Favourable weather conditions at the time of planting is not the only guide TAMS uses to determine the scale of its tree planting activities. The tree planting program considers a whole of life cycle costing, stock availability as well as the lessee's view on the species and their preference for a replacement tree to be planted on the nature strip.


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