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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4264..

ACT Government Water Supply Expenditure for 2002/03:



Parks and conservation


Wildlife research and monitoring


Environment protection


Canberra Urban Parks and Places






Chief Minister's


Justice and Community Safety




Source: EnvironmentACT, Department of Urban Services submission

Parks and Conservation expenditure covers weed and feral animal control, erosion control through revegetation, boundary maintenance, including fencing, riverine strip fencing, maintenance of access roads and tracks and ranger patrols for inappropriate activities and illegal entry. Also included (where they relate to catchment management) are community education through interpretation, revegetation, liaising with and providing advice to, rural lessees, managing visitor activities and fire pre-suppression/suppression.

Environment Protection expenditure covers water resource licensing; water related environmental education; community water programs, monitoring of water quality and flows; and regulation of activities which affect water quality and fishing. Treasury, Health, Chief Minister's and Justice and Community safety expenditure relates predominantly to salaries and related costs for water policy and administrative roles.

Apportionment for more recent financial years is indicative only as ACT Government priorities and policies, and their implementation, have altered since 2002/03, particularly in response to the bushfires and the continuation of the drought as well as the implementation of the ACT Governments water strategy, Think water, act water.

The estimated expenditure for 2004/05 was $10.9m and for 2005/06 was $15.1m.

(3) The Water Abstraction Charge (WAC) is an ACT Government charge on those licensed to take ACT water for the purpose of urban water supply (set at 55 cents per kilolitre) and other licensees (set at 25 cents per kilolitre).

The WAC is not a hypothecated revenue stream. WAC revenue accrues to consolidated revenue to be spent on a range of Government services. There is no role for the Auditor-General.

Policing—operations support

(Question No 1388)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 14 November 2006:

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