Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1762 ..
delivery of a range of asset maintenance, horticultural, cleaning, litter removal, tree management, sportsgrounds and supporting regulatory and management activities. The 2020-21 management budget for City Presentation, excluding depreciation, is $65m. While maintenance of parks is not specifically identified in the budget, it forms part of the wider maintenance activities referenced above. Reserves are managed by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) and the total operating budget, including initiatives for ACT Parks and Conservation Service in 2020-21 is $45.639m.
(2) Parks – (a) The City Presentation budget for 2021-22 is currently under development and is subject to decisions by Government.
(b) The forward estimates for 2022-23 are subject to future budget considerations. Reserves - The total operating budget, including initiatives, for ACT Parks and Conservation Service in 2020-21 is $45.639 million. (a) The budget for 2021-2022 is currently under development and is subject to decisions by government.
(b) The forward estimates for 2022-23 are subject to future budget consideration.
(3) TCCS has a dedicated park maintenance and improvement program team. This team is tasked with high level horticultural maintenance and improvement programs throughout Canberra’s Town and District Parks. Regular audits of these parks are conducted to assess horticultural and asset conditions which determines upcoming work programs specifically targeted to improving the look and feel of these parks and ensuring high standards expected from the community are met.
Current and future improvements to the maintenance of Canberra's urban parks include the removal of dead trees and shrubs, the planting and replanting of garden beds, the application of mulch, a comprehensive weed control and nutrition program, upgrades to irrigation pumps at Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong and Nursery Park to improve safety and efficiency, an ongoing and comprehensive turf renovation program, upgrades Eddison Park and Belconnen skateparks and upgrades and replacement of park assets such as furniture and structures as required.
The Parks and Conservation Service, within EPSDD has a comprehensive and strategic threat-based management approach that underpins our maintenance of reserves. This program of works is comprised of the annual bushfire operations program to manage the threat of fire and to utilise fire for ecological and cultural purposes, Invasive species management including pest plant and animal and overabundant native species.
The programs are complemented by specific conservation improvement actions through reserve and offset commitments, community recreation initiatives in both reserves and plantations and design and implementation of new reserves.
Sport—grounds maintenance(Question No 189)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 April 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Sport and Recreation):
(1) How is the ACT Government maintaining Moncrieff and Amaroo cricket grounds and nets so they are safe and at a standard the community expects.