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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1494 ..

A new induction counter

New floor coverings for the induction area.

(2) The new induction counter has been completed, at a cost of $ 7,000. A tender has recently been selected for the remainder of the work. The total project budget excluding GST and including the $ 7,000 already spent is $ 135,000.

(3) (a) Apart from the induction counter, which has been completed, the rest of the upgrades will commence by mid-April.

(b) The upgrades will be completed and paid for by 30 June 2003.

(4) The work will be completed by the end of this financial year as this is a condition of the contract with the successful tenderer.

Bushfires-car bodies

(Question No 567)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the bushfire recovery process and removal of car bodies:

(1) How is the government coordinating the removal of car bodies from fire ravaged forest areas?

(2) When does the government expect all car bodies to be removed from the burnt out areas?

(3) The Land Rover Club recently found 45 car bodies in a number of bushfire ravaged areas. The Land Rover Club worked with ACT Forests and removed 11 of those vehicles. Have the remaining 34 vehicles been removed from the area, if not, why not?

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The dumping of car bodies in the forest is illegal. Most of the car bodies are either unregistered or stolen. The stolen car bodies cannot be removed until the insurance companies give approval. ACT Forests works closely with the Rural Police, the City Rangers and volunteer groups like the Land Rover club in removing these stolen vehicles as soon as possible.

(2) The removal of car bodies from forest areas is ongoing as people continue to dump vehicles illegally in the forest. ACT Forests will continue to remove these car bodies from the forest areas as part of its community service obligations. The Bushfire Recovery taskforce has facilitated a no cost disposal arrangement with the Stromlo metal recycling operation, the Theiss operation at Mugga tip and MG Metals at Fyshwick for burnt car bodies.

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