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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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Environment—elm leaf beetle (Question No 1007)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 February 2018:

How does the Government manage Elm Leaf Beetle in ACT Government trees.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Elm leaf beetle (ELB) was first identified in the ACT in 2010 and is now present in most suburbs/areas that have elms. Although the effects of ELB can be visually significant, in general ELB does not represent a significant threat to elms. There is consensus among biosecurity agencies in the ACT and other jurisdictions that ELB can no longer be controlled and, as a consequence, the government has no management plans/strategies in place to control ELB.

Transport Canberra and City Services commenced trials to test ELB control measures in 2013-14 and several different methods have been used in each subsequent year. To date, no cost effective controls have been identified in the ACT or interstate.

Trees—protection (Question No 1008)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 February 2018:

(1) How many tree protection complaints or notifications have been received in each of the last three financial years

(2) For each financial year referred to in part (1), how many of those complaints have been investigated.

(3) How many tree protection compliance actions have been undertaken in each of the last three financial years.

(4) What type of enforcement actions have these been.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) 2015-16 1979* 29 requests for reconsideration 2016-17 1991* 29 requests for reconsideration 2017-18 1306* 18 requests for reconsideration * The figures provided are the total number of tree damaging activity applications received.

(2) All tree damaging activity applications received during the past three financial years have been assessed and notices of decision provided to the applicant within the legislated timeframe.


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