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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3391..


(Question No 1272)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) How much has the ACT Government spent on graffiti removal for the current financial year to date;

(2) How many (a) reports of graffiti vandalism were received and (b) graffiti incidents were cleaned up within 24 hours of being reported, for the current financial to date;

(3) Have any new measures been introduced to combat graffiti vandalism in the current financial year; if not, why not;

(4) How many graffiti offenders have been (a) caught, (b) charged and/or (c) penalised and prosecuted in the current financial year to date.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) As at 2 October 2006, $237,439 has been spent on the removal of graffiti this financial year.

(2) (a) 115 reports of graffiti vandalism have been received to date this financial year. (b) Currently, the graffiti strategy requires that graffiti be removed within 3 working days of notification, unless the graffiti is offensive in which case it must be removed within 24 hours. Records show that 100% of all offensive graffiti has been cleaned to date, within 24 hours of being reported.

(3) Additional diversionary programs such as introducing 8 new legal sites, the Colour in Canberra program (which won the 2006 Community Pride Keep Australia Beautiful Award) and the graffiti workshops (which won the 2005 Community Pride Keep Australia Beautiful Award) have been introduced. Additionally, the AUSGR (Australian Graffiti Removal) system has been acquired which records photographic, tag name, graffiti medium used and other relevant information in a database. This information is made available to the Police to aid investigations.

(4) (a) 1 (b) 1 (c) To be determined (Court case pending)

Hospitals—electroencephalography trainees

(Question No 1299)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) When was the position of trainee for the electroencephalography facility in The Canberra Hospital created;

(2) If this is not a new position, for how long has the position of trainee been vacant;

(3) When was the vacancy for the position of trainee advertised;

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