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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6189 ..

(1) During what period did the traffic lights on Commonwealth Avenue, which operate yearly during the Floriade festival, operate during 2010.

(2) How many days after the end of the Floriade festival were the lights switched off.

(3) What is the reason that the lights continue to operate after the end of the Floriade festival.

(4) Has the Government received complaints this year and in past years about the lights continuing to operate beyond the end of Floriade; if so, how many complaints has the Government received.

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

(1) The lights were brought into operation on 16 August and deactivated on 26 October.

(2) 16 days.

(3) Once the festival has finished there is a period during which the displays, attractions, etc, are being dismantled. This period usually lasts around two weeks and during that time there is no general parking available at Regatta Point. As a consequence workers and visitors to Regatta Point need to use the car parks on the west side of Commonwealth Ave and walk to the site. The lights are left operational to cater for these pedestrians.

(4) This year Roads ACT received two complaints about the lights being left on once the festival had finished (and one request that the lights be left on all year round). It should be noted however that these traffic lights are the responsibility of the National Capital Authority (NCA). The decision to activate them early and keep them operational after the festival has finished rests with the NCA.

Domestic Animal Services—dogs(Question No 1214)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 28 October 2010:

(1) In relation to a further outbreak of parvovirus at the Domestic Animal Services (DAS) shelter, how many dogs have been housed at the DAS shelter since 23 June 2010 when the first outbreak of parvovirus was detected.

(2) Of those dogs referred to in part (1), how many (a) were tested for parvovirus, (b) were vaccinated against parvovirus and (c) have tested positive for parvovirus.

(3) Who is responsible for deciding when the DAS shelter should implement quarantine procedures and go into lock down.

(4) Can the Minister provide copies of any documents that outline the procedures that are implemented during quarantine periods.

(5) Who is responsible for deciding when the quarantine period at the DAS facility should end and what factors are considered when making this decision.

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