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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 2010) . . Page.. 3742 ..

(4) Special care is taken when using herbicides or pesticides within close proximity to water catchment reservoirs or water intakes (Googong, Corin, Bendora, Cotter and Murrumbidgee).

All chemicals are used only in accordance with the product label. Only herbicides registered for control of aquatic weeds will be used if chemical control must be employed on such weeds.

Water testing is undertaken at higher risk sites such as Googong Foreshores to ensure that herbicide spraying residues are not entering the drinking water supply.

5(a) Atrazine is not used by the Parks agencies in the ACT and has been removed from the approved list of chemicals.

5(b) 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) is one tool used for the control of feral pigs, foxes, wild dogs and rabbits. It is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s label and applied by qualified staff following the NSW Department of Industry and Investment Standard Operating procedures and Codes of Practice. Rural landholders also use 1080 products supplied by Parks, Conservation and Lands.

Housing—statistics(Question No 1014)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 1 July 2010:

What are the (a) average, (b) median, (c) minimum and (d) maximum times, over the last five years, between housing becoming vacant and being re-tenanted or sold.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

For properties re-let (a) Average: 40 days (b) Median: 23 days (c) Minimum: 1 day (d) Maximum: 1451 days.


The average is significantly higher than the median because the calculation includes both routine vacant properties and non-routine vacant properties. Non-routines are properties which have been identified as being hard to let, are being refurbished or redeveloped, or those that have been set aside for the provision of special programs. These properties, subsequently, have a higher period of vacancy than the routine turnaround time of 28 days.

For properties sold (a) Average: 80 days (b) Median: 91 days (c) Minimum: 1 days (d) Maximum: 352 days


The median is higher than the average figure due to high numbers of sales under the Sale to Tenant Program, which had over 100 properties sold with a 1 day vacancy period (effectively a handover to the existing tenant). Property sales outside of Sale to Tenant program are influenced by the vagaries of the property market and sale is contingent on Housing ACT receiving sufficient reserve price for properties. This explains the maximum time period.

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