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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2464..


Community Funding Round (Grants)

Organisation Funding 2012/13

(GST Exclusive) Arthritis ACT incorporating Osteoporosis ACT $30,919 Asthma Foundation ACT $50,522 Canberra Environment Centre $30,018 Mental Health Foundation $28,620 Richmond Fellowship ACT (CAN) $1,996

Please note that this does not include the funding provided by ACT Health to community organisations for the provision of mental health prevention and support services.

Macarthur horse paddocks—fire

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Seselja on Thursday, 9 May 2013): The Macarthur Horse paddocks are managed by a private management company Territory Agistment (the licensee).

The standard operating procedure issued to Canberra Connect is that calls relating to horse paddocks are referred to Territory Agistment.

Officers from the Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate have undertaken a search of records and have been unable to identify any complaints relating to long grass in the vicinity of the Macarthur horse paddocks.

In April 2013 a small grass fire in Macarthur was reported as being attributable to long grass in the vicinity. Advice from the ACT Fire Brigade, who attended the fire, was that the fire started in the area behind the houses and burnt into the horse paddocks. The fire was small and was easily suppressed before causing damage.

The fuel management in the horse paddocks is managed by the licensee and overseen by TAMS. TAMS holds regular meetings with the horse paddocks licensee regarding bushfire prevention operations. A site inspection undertaken on 19 April 2013 indicated that grass heights were within the stipulated 'outer asset protection zone' fuel standards and this incident was not attributable to any inaction on behalf of the licensee who maintains the horse paddock sites within the required standards.

TAMS mows a strip along residential back fence lines in Macarthur between Coyne Street and Ebsworth Close (eastern edge) as part of regular suburban mowing. This area is mown on a four-weekly cycle during the growing season and every two to three months during the rest of the year. The fence lines were last mown in March 2013 and with the onset of cooler weather will be mown every two to three months as required.


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