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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (22 February) . .

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Environment—superb parrot habitat (Question No 920)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) What is the ACT Government doing to ensure the protection of the superb parrot habitat in the ACT.

(2) What current or future development areas will impact on superb parrot habitats.

(3) What actions is the Government taking to ensure that these new developments do not adversely affect superb parrots, their hollows, or their flyways.

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

(1) All known breeding habitat is protected within existing Nature Reserve, the Central Molonglo preserved area or rural lease within the Molonglo Valley.

(2) None of the known breeding habitat is proposed for development, currently or in the future.

(3) Radio tracking of birds breeding in the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve has indicated that they spend 30% of their time foraging in the suburbs. Planning for new suburbs includes the provision of favoured food plants such as wattles, eucalypts and elms, and protecting remnant trees in flyways identified by the tracking of birds.

The ACT Government is funding a research and monitoring program to gauge the breeding success, competitive interactions, foraging habitat and movement pathways of the Superb Parrot in the ACT. Management actions will be informed by this research. Throsby is the only development near a breeding area. The number of breeding pairs has varied over the last three years from 5 -10 pairs but this appears related to environmental conditions and the rate of breeding success has remained constant.

Questions without notice taken on notice

Tuggeranong—CIT car park lighting

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Lawder on Tuesday, 19 September 2017):

Roads ACT has determined there are two existing streetlights adjacent to the car park, with outreach arms facing towards the street. The outreach arms will be modified to also face towards the carpark from the same streetlight columns. This will illuminate a section of the car park, enabling students to park safely along the car spaces closest to the two streets (Cowlishaw and Reed North Streets). The modifications to lighting will be made by the end of February 2018.

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