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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4953..


In addition, the supplementary appropriation includes a 10% contingency.

(3) The additional appropriation relates wholly to the construction of the new Griffin Centre in Block 1 Section 84 City.

Weed control

(Question No 1107)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice:

In relation to weed control:

(1) How much money was allocated for weed control in 2001-02 and 2002-03;

(2) How much was actually spent in 2001-02 and 2002-03 on weed control;

(3) How much money has been allocated for weed control in 2003-04;

(4) How much has been spent up to the end of November 2003.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) A total of $440,000 was allocated to Environment ACT for weed control in 2001-02 and $440,000 was also allocated for weed control in 2002-03.

(2) Total expenditure for weed control by Environment ACT during 2001-02 was $480,493. This included an extra $40,000 received as a grant from National Heritage Trust.

Expenditure for weed control during 2002-03 was $341,910. The reduction in spending was due to drought conditions and fire affecting many areas that were going to be treated. The residue of funding was re-directed to fire recovery works.

(3) A total of $650,000 has been allocated to Environment ACT to undertake weed control during 2003-04.

(4) To the end of November 2003: -

Environment ACT has spent a total of $140,652 on weed control;

Weed control projects to the value of $101,500 have been started but not completed and;

Weed control projects to the value of $30,000 have been allocated to contractors but work has not commenced.

In addition, project briefs and requests for quotations have been sent to prospective suppliers for various weed control projects to be undertaken over summer. The remainder of funds will be spent on broadleaf weed control during autumn 2004.


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