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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 24 March 2022) . . Page.. 692 ..


significantly increased inspection and assessment of the community path network to assist in proactively identifying locations for renewal based on condition assessment. As a result, during 2021-22 there has been an increased emphasis on renewing and maintaining existing paths to ensure our paths remain safe and in good condition.

In regard to the footpaths listed in the November 2021 report, due to internal resource diversion associated with competing priorities, the priority list had not been fully updated as works were undertaken. This has since been addressed to ensure up-to-date account of works undertaken in response to community feedback.

Roads—Gungahlin

Mr Steel (in reply to a question by Ms Castley on Wednesday, 9 February 2022):

Due to external consultancy resource unavailability, TCCS utilised an internal Traffic Management Engineer to undertake the assessment of the Efkarpidis/Gungahlin Place intersection.

Municipal services—firewood deliveries

Mr Steel (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Cain on Thursday, 10 February 2022):

I can confirm that there is no approved firewood delivery service in operation by Transport Canberra and City Services. There are no plans to commence such services to the community. The subject of the constituent’s complaint is currently undergoing an independent investigation.

Fadden Hills Pond—water quality

Mr Steel (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Castley on Thursday, 10 February 2022):

Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) undertakes sediment removal, draining of ponds and water quality monitoring in accordance with the applicable Environmental Authorisation, Environmental Management Plan and industry best practice.

Regular inspections were carried out to detect changes in the colour and clarity of water, algal blooms, appearance of surface scum and odours which can give a good indication of water quality.

Water quality sampling for turbidity was not undertaken prior to draining because work involving disturbance of sediment had not commenced, and the water quality was observed as acceptable. The sediment in the pond was allowed to settle prior to draining and care was taken to ensure sediments were not being drained along with the water.

Prior to and whilst draining the pond, the water quality was regularly observed and found acceptable. During the sediment removal process for Fadden Pond there were


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