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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 3045..


(7) In 2011-12 financial year to date 52.8 % of tree maintenance work has been programmed. The target rate of 65% has been achieved periodically during the course of the 2011-12 financial year. However, the rate of 65% has not been sustained due to the high number of non-programmed (unforseen) maintenance requirements following the wet weather events in March 2012. It is anticipated that the percentage of programmed work delivered in 2012-13 will exceed the 53% achieved in 2011 12.

(8) The Government has increased its commitment to suburban planting programs during the past three years, with 984 trees planted in 2010, 1,425 in 2011 and more than 2,700 scheduled to be planted by the Urban Treescapes Section of TAMS in 2012. Additionally, under the million trees program, TAMS planted approximately 600 trees and shrubs in the urban area in 2010 and 2011 and planted 500 trees and shrubs in 2012.

(9) Tree planting has occurred in suburban streets and parks where trees have been removed, along arterial roads, within heritage precincts and in other suitable locations. It is anticipated that up to 3,000 new trees will be planted in the urban area by the Urban Treescapes team in 2012-13 while the million trees team will plant 600 to 1,000 new trees and shrubs during the next 12 months within the urban area.

(10) Dead trees are not retained on suburban verges as habitat trees because of the effect on local amenity, safety concerns and the Government's objective to replant new healthy trees on suburban verges. Habitat trees are retained in other suitable locations within urban open space.

Territory and Municipal Services Directorate—woodchip use (Question No 2392)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 10 May 2012:

(1) How much woodchip does the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMS) use in total each year and (a) what is it used for and (b) what is the breakdown of volumes for each use.

(2) Is TAMS aware of, or has it sought any alternatives to, using woodchips for these uses and why does TAMS use woodchips over these alternatives.

(3) What volume and/or proportion of logs and other wood from urban trees does TAMS chip.

(4) What else does TAMS use logs and other wood from urban trees for and (a) what volume and or proportion of the total goes to each use and (b) where is this used.

(5) Does TAMS produce any woodchips that it does not use; if so, what happens to it.

(6) Does TAMS purchase woodchips; if so, (a) where from, (b) how much each year, as volume and or proportion of total woodchip used and (c) what does this cost.


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