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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1524 ..


In light of the long-term tenure required to establish and operate a community garden, community gardens are licenced under section 303 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. Once a proposal is received, the potential impacts on the surrounding area are considered and an appropriate consultation process determined. The proponent is required to address all criteria set within the ‘Guide to Community Gardens in the ACT’.

(2) Consultation can include onsite notification signage, letter box drops to adjacent residences, targeted notification to community groups and online notification. TCCS would require the proponent to begin consultation early in the approval process and generally allocate a minimum of four weeks for initial community consultation. However, if the proponent demonstrates that adequate consultation has previously been undertaken, TCCS may not require further consultation.


Domestic Animal Services—rangers(Question No 153)

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

(1) How many rangers are currently employed by Domestic Animal Services (DAS).

(2) How many rangers were employed in the (a) 2019-20, (b) 2018-19, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2016-17 and (e) 2015-16 financial years.

(3) How many rangers were employed at DAS (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) casually in the (i) 2019-20, (ii) 2018-19, (iii) 2017-18, (v) 2016-17 and (vi) 2015-16 financial years.

(4) What are the types of staff employed by DAS which undertake duties other than being rangers.

(5) How many of the staff referred to in part (4) were employed in the (a) 2019-20, (b) 2018-19, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2016-17 and (e) 2015-16 financial years.

(6) Why do MLAs continue to receive complaints from constituents that the number of rangers employed is not sufficient to service their complaints.

(7) What plans are in place to ensure that DAS’s resourcing is sufficient to ensure the safety of the community.

(8) What communication does DAS have with Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council and how are dangerous animals managed that are being transported over the border from Queanbeyan.

(9) What protocols does DAS have in place to ensure that complaints involving parties outside the ACT have a satisfactory outcome.

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

(1) DAS currently employs 14 rangers, as well as two Operations Managers who also perform the functions of rangers.


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