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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3524 ..

Schools - Pest Control Chemical Monitoring and Regulation

(Question No. 204)

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the documents you offered to provide to the Assembly during the debate on a Matter of Public Importance on 22 April 1999 (Hansard p. 1197) but have not yet done so - Could you provide all documents relating to Environment ACT's monitoring and regulation of pest plant and animal control in ACT preschools and schools since the beginning of 1998.

Mr Smyth: The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

� Please note that a copy of this information has been provided to the Member.

� Environment ACT has regulated and monitored the commercial use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals by means of an Environmental Authorisation since June 1998. I included CityScape Services authorisation as an example. This document represents the general content found in all pest control authorisations, of which a current list has been provided. Further information on the listed business authorisations is available should you wish to see them. Also provided were the Standard Conditions of Authorisation.

� The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Coordination Network (AVCCN) has formalised processes by which Environment ACT and other ACT government stakeholder agencies, including the Department of Education, liaise regularly on pest control chemical use issues. I have provided a copy of the list of members of the Network, the terms of reference and work plan that were produced in the first meeting. Also provided are the network's minutes from 12 August 1999.

� I refer Ms Tucker to the provided copy of the Commissioner for the Environment's latest annual report 1998-99, page 25 - 45. Progress on Implementation of Recommendations from Special Reports - Investigation into the ACT Government's Use of Chemicals for Pest Control - May 1998, which includes the Government's response to the Commissioner's recommendations.

� Also provided for Ms Tucker's information were copies of general correspondence between Environment ACT and the Department of Education and Community Services relating to pest control chemicals within ACT schools.

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