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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 22 September 2005) . . Page.. 3637 ..

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Treasurer’s Advance of $10 million for fire safety works in Housing ACT multi unit properties was expended prior to 30 June 2005;

The status of works is as follows:

Booloominbah Court – minor structural works outstanding;

Ambara Court – practical completion achieved;

Ainslie Flats – completion due October 2005;

Northbourne Flats (Braddon) – practical completion achieved;

Stuart Flats – works in one unit outstanding;

Strathgordon Court – electrical works complete;

Illawarra Court (first block) – practical completion achieved;

Griffith Flats – completion due September 2005

(3&4) Procurement for the balance of works at Illawarra Court has commenced. Planning and procurement for fire safety works at other multi unit properties is the subject of discussion between Housing ACT, the Total Facilities Manager and ACT Procurement Solutions.

Animals—de-sexing pets(Question No 480)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

What steps are being taken to provide a differentiation between the registration costs of de-sexed and non-desexed cats and dogs;

What forms of financial incentive are to be considered to encourage domestic pet owners to de-sex a pet;

Is there any evidence of an increase in the number of de-sexed domestic pets being registered in the ACT; if so, what was the increase.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

A person must not, without reasonable excuse keep a cat or a dog that has not been desexed unless the person is the holder of a permit under the Domestic Animals Act 2000. Owners of sexually entire dogs must obtain a permit that attracts a one off fee of $267.90 or $53.55 for concession holders. Whereas owners of de-sexed dogs are not required to obtain a permit.

There is no requirement to register cats in the Territory.

As above.

The Domestic Animal Services database is not able to provide this information.

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