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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5263 ..


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

(1) Managing cats is the responsibility of the pet owner and TCCS takes an educational approach to managing cat containment through providing advice to residents via individual inquiries and through the TCCS website. Residents of cat containment suburbs are made aware of the status of their suburb in the early stages of considering whether to purchase a home. Signage is provided in all cat containment suburbs.

Requests for compliance action in relation to cat containment are triaged according to the 'risk of harms" model whereby threats to public safety are given the highest priority. Residents with concerns about non-compliance are advised to speak to their neighbours if the identity of the cat is known and are also advised of the option to trap cats on their own land.

TCCS supports RSPCA ACT in its efforts to manage cat populations through education and de-sexing programs and provides funding to support the RSPCA for cat management activities including rehoming.

(2) Zero.

(3) Zero.

(4) Ten complaints in relation to breaches of declared cat containment areas have been recorded, from Forde (4), Crace (3), Moncrief (1), Bonner (1) and Coombs (1).

Taxation—rates (Question No 1925)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 26 October 2018 (redirected to the Acting Treasurer):

(1) How does the Government determine the amount of rates to be collected from residential and non-residential sources.

(2) How does the Government determine the value of the property for rating purposes for non-residential property.

(3) How many objections to non-residential property valuations did the Government receive each year for the past three years and how many were upheld.

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

(1) In any given year, the proportion of total rates is affected by growth in the number and value of new properties and increases in general rates revenue due to the ACT tax reform program. As such, the change in residential and commercial rates revenue from the previous financial year in each sector is a function of the new properties that entered the sector during the previous financial year and the average increase under tax reform. In 2018-19, growth in the number and value of new properties contributed around a third of the increase in total commercial rates revenue.


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