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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1542 ..


This increased volume of applications has led to some delays in contacting applicants to finalise their WWVP applications. Access Canberra has put into place process improvements to make it easier for customers to provide the necessary information that has seen the number of incomplete applications being reduced.

(3) Further to my response to question (1), any applicant who has questions about their WWVP application is encouraged to contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or via its website: www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au.


Municipal services—mowing(Question No 188)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 April 2021:

In relation to the moving of lawns around the Gungahlin Pond, given the recent schedule of mowing this area is 9 December, 20 January and 16 March, can the Minister advise why these areas are not mown in accordance with the Government’s policy on grassed areas in parks, open spaces, pathways and laneways which states these areas will be mown every four weeks.

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

The schedule of mowing is indicative and subject to seasonal conditions. The urban open space around Gungahlin Pond has been mown five times this mowing season. Mowing was completed the week of 14 September 2020, 2 November 2020, 7 December 2020, 18 January 2021 and 15 March 2021. Mowing was scheduled for action in February 2021, however due to the significant rainfall and high soil saturation, mowing activities were postponed.

Mowing program timelines were challenged throughout the 2020/21 season due to rapid grass growth caused by consistent rainfall as a result of the La Nina weather event. Rapid and thick grass growth makes mowing slower, while mowing time is lost on rainy days due to the difficulty of cutting wet grass and the risk of bogging or other safety issues.

Areas around the edge of the Gungahlin Pond are not mown due to safety issues and the action of natural filtration that these grasses provide.


Housing—rates(Question No 191)

Ms Lee asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 23 April 2021:

(1) What is the annual interest rate that is charged to overdue rates accounts.

(2) What modelling or assessment was done to determine that interest rate and can the Treasurer provide a copy.

(3) How does this compare to the current market interest rate.


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