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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1528 ..


(2) See (1).

(3) See (1).

(4) In general, the ACT Government would aim to avoid the construction of a public footpath on residential property leases. For Blackman Crescent the proposed alignment would be limited to the street verge, which is public land between a residential property boundary and the roadside kerb. If the Blackman Crescent footpath was to be constructed, the ACT Government would not be responsible for reinstating any approved or unapproved landscaping or structures installed by residents on a nature strip, including irrigation systems, gravel, groundcover plants, garden edging and synthetic turf. Further details are available on through the Nature Strip Guidelines 2019 (Link: https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1392088/Nature-Strip-Guidelines-2019.pdf).

(5) As mentioned in (4) above, and noting that a nature strip is public land, the ACT Government is not responsible for reinstating any approved or unapproved landscaping or structures installed by residents on a nature strip.

(6) No. The priority order of community path requests is dynamic with new requests potentially changing the relative top priorities.

(7) Funding mechanisms for path projects vary depending on their scope, nature and value.


Municipal services—tree management(Question No 168)

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

(1) Does the ACT Government have the capacity to detect roots underground from the surface; if so, how does the Government make use of this tool.

(2) When was the last time the Government used this tool and for what purpose.

(3) Does the Government ever use this tool to detect underground tree roots that may be damaging infrastructure or interfering with plumbing.

(4) Why did the ACT Government undertake the mature tree transplant trial conducted in November 2019.

(5) Does the ACT Government have the capacity to remove mature trees themselves without needing to engage a contractor.

(6) Does the ACT Government have any plans to obtain the capacity, expertise and machinery to do mature tree transplants themselves.

(7) Is tree transplantation being looked at as a way to avoid cutting down infrastructure-damaging trees.


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