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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 831..

Horse trails-Campbell Park Offices

(Question No 1237)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice:

In relation to bridle trails:

(1) Have bridle trails in the vicinity of Campbell Park offices been closed off and if so, when did this closure occur;

(2) Why did the closure occur and when is it envisaged these trails will reopen;

(3) Does the closure require horse riders to make a detour and if so, by what distance.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The bridle trail between the Duntroon Horse Holding Paddocks and Mt Ainslie which traverses an area of land adjacent to the Campbell Park Offices was closed on 28 November 2003.

(2) The trail was closed when the Department of Defence advised of the possible existence of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the vicinity of Campbell Park offices. In its present state, the area is not suitable for horse riding because of the risk to both horses and riders. We are aware that the temporary closure of this trail is an inconvenience to paddock users, however every effort is being taken to have the issue resolved urgently. Environment ACT has written to the Department of Defence and I have written to the Minister for Defence to seek clearance of the site. Discussions between the Environment Protection Unit of Environment ACT and the Department of Defence have commenced. However it is expected that resolution of this issue will take some time.

(3) The closure does require horse riders to make a detour if they wish to access Mt Ainslie. The length of the detour using Fairbairn Avenue is 1.2km.

Seniors-elder abuse

(Question No 1238)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on Tuesday, 10 February 2004:

In relation to elder abuse and the Department of Justice and Community Safety review of the Powers of Attorney Act:

(1) Is the issues paper that was due to be released towards the end of 2003 for public comment, as indicated by you in a response to the Estimates hearings on 22 May, now available;

(2) If not, when will the issues paper be available.

Mr Stanhope

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

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