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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3803 ..


Municipal services—mowing(Question No 527)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 12 November 2021:

(1) In relation to the maintenance of government land in the Yerrabi region, will the Government take responsibility if a constituent has an accident due to low vision, caused by overgrown grass, as the result of Government neglect.

(2) Why has the Government not yet conducted urgent mowing to remove traffic hazards in the Yerrabi region.

(3) What catching methods does the Government have for the freshly mown grass clippings; if none, why not.

(4) When can Yerrabi Residents expect their suburbs to be mown.

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

(1) Public safety is the highest priority for maintenance of public areas. Legal or other claims are considered on a case-by-case basis.

(2) Mowing to ensure public safety, such as line of sight, access, and fire fuel reduction is a priority when delivering mowing programs and takes precedence over amenity mowing. In the Yerrabi region, TCCS has recently actioned line of sight issues reported along the Barton Highway, Curran Drive, Wells Station Road, Clarrie Hermes Drive, Kellaway Avenue and Gungahlin Drive.

(3) Clippings are generally discharged from the rear of the machine to minimise spread onto hard surfaces such as paths and roads. Mower operators ensure that if there are excess clippings left after mowing, these are evenly spread over the area and the clip is not left in windrows. Follow up blowing is undertaken as required to remove excess grass in gutters and on footpaths.

(4) All suburban areas mown by City Services have been cut at least once this season with most areas now having received a second cut. To find out when a suburb is next due to be mown, please refer to the mowing map, available at https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/public-land/maintenance/grass-mowing. The map shows where crews have recently mowed and are planning to mow in the coming weeks.

Employment—women(Question No 531)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Women, upon notice, on 12 November 2021 (redirected to the Chief Minister):

(1) What statistics does the ACT collect on women in the workforce.

(2) Has the ACT Government identified any specific cohorts of women that experience a distinct lack of opportunity when seeking employment; if so, what are those cohorts of women.


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