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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 1047 ..


(4) Has the Government varied the frequency of wild grass cutting in the financial year 2017-18 in comparison with previous years; if so, outline the Government’s reasoning behind this decision and does the Government seek to reduce costs associated with the cutting of wild grass every financial year.

(5) What is the amount and the proportion of the total recurrent budget for Transport Canberra and City Services allocated for urban mowing services in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18 to date.

(6) What proportion of urban mowing was undertaken by (a) public servants and (b) external contractors in (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18 to date.

(7) What is the total number of complaints or queries received in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18 to date.

(8) How many of the complaints or queries referred to in part (7)(a) and (b) were from (a) Belconnen, (b) Gungahlin, (c) Inner North, (d) Inner South, (e) Tuggeranong and (f) Woden Valley and Weston Creek.

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

(1) The following response relates to grass mowing in open space across the urban area, excluding irrigated sportsgrounds:

a. Actual expenditure in 2015-16 was $7.274m;

b. Actual expenditure in 2016-17 was $7.430m; and

c. Actual expenditure in 2017-18 to end January 2018 was $4.929m.

(2) Grass within suburbs is mown on a four weekly program and arterial roads are mown on a five weekly schedule, weather permitting and at times when the grass growth is sufficient to require mowing.

(3) Yes.

(4) No.

(5)

Budget

(a) 2015-16

(b) 2016-17

(c) 2017-18

Jan YTD

$’000

$’000

$’000

General Urban Mowing

7,173

7,557

4,751

Sportsground Mowing

1,606

1,675

1,002

Total Mowing

8,779

9,232

5,753

Total Urban Place Management Budget (GPO only)

24,628

25,949

15,235

Proportion of mowing budget vs total budget

36%

36%

38%

(6)

(a) Public servants

(b) External contractors

(i)

2015 – 2016

70%

30%

(ii)

2016 – 2017

70%

30%

(iii)

2017 – 2018 to date

75%

25%

Estimates provided based on hectares mown by the respective labour source.


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