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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1910 ..


Land tax (including penalty tax): $10.6 million.

Land tax - interest: $1.4 million.

Municipal services—mowing (Question No 1104)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) When was the grass mowing schedule last reviewed and when is it next scheduled to be reviewed.

(2) Are any suburbs not included in the current grass mowing schedule or only mown on request; if so, can the Minister advise (a) the name of the suburb, (b) why it was not included in the current schedule, (c) number of requests received for mowing for that suburb, (d) whether or when it was mown by Transport Canberra and City Services during 2017-18 and (e) whether or when it is next scheduled to be mown in 2017-18.

(3) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the total number of times mowing was delayed by reason for delay and whether any backlog has now been caught up.

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

(1) The mowing schedule is reviewed and updated weekly against the standard program which is drawn up at the start of the mowing season, in this case, late August 2017.

(2) The schedule includes all suburbs and outlines the expected frequency of mowing. The specified frequency may be affected by weather conditions and grass growth rates, for example if grass height in a suburb or part of a suburb is within specifications it may not be mown during a cycle. The 2017-18 peak mowing season finished at the end of March 2018 and all mowing across Canberra is now being carried out on an as-need basis. TCCS officers will continue to inspect suburbs to identify where mowing is needed.

(3) No. Throughout the peak mowing season numerous events and conditions may affect the delivery of the mowing program. Precise data is not collected in relation to what causes these delays and how long such delays are. However, when these events occur additional internal or contracted resources are allocated to minimise any delays and maintain the programmed schedule as closely as possible. There is no mowing backlog at this time.

ACTION bus service—repairs (Question No 1105)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of how many (a) instances of damage to ACTION bus driver seats were reported and (b) investigations lead to repairs or replacement of bus seats, during (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16, (iii) 2016-17 and (iv) 2017-18 to date.


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