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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1189 ..


(2) What is the process followed for the assessment and installation of dog waste bins around the ACT.

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

(1) There are no waste bins intended solely for the disposal of dog waste. Any general waste bin can be used for this purpose. There are currently 1,225 public waste bins serviced by City Services.

(2) Urban Open Space Municipal Infrastructure Standard 16 outlines the design considerations and typically provided facilities at each different type of urban open space, including waste bin provision. Waste bins are provided in higher use areas like at shopping centres, District parks and other locations where there are high numbers of visitors. If no bin is provided it is the ACT Government’s policy that people, including pet owners, using public open space areas are responsible for taking their rubbish with them and disposing of it in an appropriate manner.


Municipal services—mowing and parks maintenance(Question No 133)

Mr Cain asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 1 April 2021:

(1) What was the expenditure in the 2019-20 financial year on (a) mowing and (b) maintaining bush areas and nature parks, such as Gossan Hill and O’Connor Ridge.

(2) Has there been any additional expenditure in the 2020-21 financial year on (a) mowing and (b) maintenance of bush areas and nature parks.

(3) Has there been an evaluation of the use of native grasses along the light rail track.

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

(1)

a. The estimated cost of mowing urban open spaces, parks and sportsgrounds by Place Management in TCCS for the 2019-20 financial year was $8.9m.

b. There are over 40 bush areas and nature parks in and around the urban areas of Canberra managed collectively and known as Canberra Nature Park, of which Gossan Hill and O’Connor Ridge are a part. Approximately $1.223 million was spent on mowing and other maintenance, including fire fuel management works.

(2)

a. The mowing of urban open spaces, parks and sportsgrounds by Place Management, was estimated at the commencement of the 2020-21 financial year at $8.6m. The rainfall during the 2020-21 year to date has required additional investment in the mowing program, this has been addressed via the fast-track stimulus program for $2.1m, which has notionally been allocated to additional mowing $1.6m and additional weed control $0.5m.

b. Approximately $1.429 million was spent on mowing and other maintenance, including fire fuel management works in these Canberra Nature Park areas in the financial year to March.


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