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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3782 ..


Municipal Services—footpath obstruction(Question No 476)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

(1) Given that, according to the Public Unleased Land Act 2013, people found obstructing footpaths or nature strips can be fined, can the Minister advise, from January 2020 to July 2021, how many complaints were lodged about obstructed (a) footpaths and (b) nature strips.

(2) What were the three most common complaints about obstructions.

(3) How many of the complaints, referred to in part (1), (a) were reviewed in person by a relevant authority and (b) resulted in fines being issued because of non-compliance.

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

(1) 3,981 complaints were lodged about obstructed footpaths and nature strips, however, a breakdown of the proportion is unavailable due to data system limitations.

(2) There are many ways in which nature strips or footpaths can be obstructed or obscured. These can include overhanging foliage, unauthorised movable signs, or the placing of an unauthorised objects such as construction materials and abandoned motor vehicles. The three most common complaints received in relation to obstructions were: unauthorised use of public land (including nature strips); overhanging foliage; and unauthorised movable signs.

(3) (a) All 3,981 complaints were attended to by an authorised officer delegated under the Public Unleased Land Act 2013.

(b) 407 Infringement Notices and 1,079 Warning Notices were issued.

Municipal services—street sweeping(Question No 480)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

(1) Given that a street sweeping optimisation study was undertaken by the Balmoral Group (AWA Water Matters 2019) on behalf of Transport Canberra and City Services in 2018, is another study scheduled to take place; if not, when will one take place.

(2) If a study has occurred since 2018, would the Minister be able to provide a copy of the report.

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

(1) A further study, “Optimised Street Sweeping Program for Canberra” was conducted in May 2021.


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