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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 23 September 2010) . . Page.. 4501 ..

A review was undertaken by Transport Regulation and Planning (TAMS) in consultation with territory agencies, business and community representatives, including the Motorcycle Riders Association in the ACT. During consultation in 2009/10, the issue of allowing parking of motorcycles on footpaths was considered. This was not supported and a decision was made not to change territory laws in this regard.

Draft Variations of the Territory Plan include a Consultation Notice and opportunity for public comment.

(5) See responses to (1) and (4) above.

Pace Farm—battery hens(Question No 1041)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 19 August 2010:

(1) Is Parkwood Farm now compliant with all aspects of the Model Code for Poultry Welfare, including in relation to cage door sizes.

(2) What inspections have been performed on Parkwood in the last six months, including in relation to compliance with this code.

(3) Has the Government taken any action to assist Parkwood to be compliant with the Animal Welfare Act from September 2010, when new requirements commence.

(4) What investigation or consideration has the Government done to determine whether Parkwood may be breaching the Animal Welfare Act, particularly as some aspects of its operation do not comply with the Model Code for Poultry Welfare, and therefore are not exempt from the general provisions of the Act.

(5) Under ACT law, what action can be taken against an individual or company that does not comply with the requirements under the Animal Welfare Amendment Regulation 2010 (No 1) and how will this regulation be enforced from September 2010.

(6) Is the Government aware of any legal action currently being taken against Parkwood for alleged breaches of animal welfare laws.

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

(1) The poultry sheds located at Pace Farms, that still contain birds, meet all the current regulations as set out under the Animal Welfare Act 1992.

(2) Inspections by the ACT Government Chief Veterinarian Officer (CVO) have been conducted on 13 January, 22 March and 28 May 2010, for sheds presently occupied with poultry. As no restocking had occurred since that time, in the other sheds, further inspections have been limited and consisted of contact with management to ascertain when restocking will occur or alterations made to caging located in the vacant sheds.

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