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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2720 ..


progresses through the planning and design stages, particularly in relation to securing relevant planning and environmental approvals.

African lovegrass has a major impact on Grassland Earless Dragon habitat. This invasive grass outcompetes native grasses and creates dense patches, unsuitable for Grassland Earless Dragon foraging.

For this reason, a large-scale African lovegrass control project commenced last Summer (2018-19) in the Jerrabomberra Valley across all land tenures. The African lovegrass plants were killed by careful spot spraying with herbicide. There will be on-going follow-up control commencing next Spring-Summer (2019-20).

This type of control work is called “asset protection” as it involves threat reduction (reducing the spread of African lovegrass into the Grassland Earless Dragon habitat) and impact amelioration (decreasing the African lovegrass density where it has already invaded the Grassland Earless Dragon habitat).

Public housing—relocations

Ms Berry (in reply to a question and supplementary questions by Mr Coe and Mr Parton on Wednesday, 5 June 2019):

1) In the 2018-19 financial year to 30 June 2019, eight households have been relocated to new homes.

2) Once the eight households were assessed as priority, they were rehoused, on average, in 8 days.

3) In the last six months to 30 June 2019, two formal complaints were received by Housing ACT’s Complaints Unit regarding antisocial behaviour at the complex. Within that six months, three complaints were received by Housing ACT at ministerial level through my office. Housing ACT is unable to report on complaint numbers made to RecLink.

Government—fees and charges

Mr Barr (in reply to a question by Mrs Dunne on Thursday, 6 June 2019):

A total of 373 ratepayers have elected to have their rates liability deferred. The following is an itemisation of this total:

Deferment Type

Total Number

Amount Deferred

Interest Deferred

Total Amount Deferred

Pensioner

273

$1,634,545.17

$216,567.98

$1,851,113.15

Hardship

55

$386,804.48

$68,765.26

$455,569.74

Aged

45

$259,728.68

$5,258.52

$264,987.20

Total

373

$2,281,078.33

$290,591.76

$2,571,670.09


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