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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1495 ..

(3) ACT Forests and the Land Rover club have worked closely to remove these illegal car bodies over the past few years. There were approximately 40 car bodies removed from the forest last year by volunteer and commercial operators. The ACT Forests' rangers locate these car bodies during regular patrols of the forest areas. The Rural police and the recreation users also inform ACT Forests of any car bodies they find in the forest.

Removing these car bodies by a commercial operator is a costly business and is funded from the community service obligation appropriation to ACT Forests. It costs approximately $250 per vehicle for a commercial operator to remove the car bodies.

Illegal dumping of vehicles is an ongoing problem. ACT Forests will continue to remove the car bodies as part of its annual works progam with help from such organisations as the Land Rover Club.

Periodic Detention Centre upgrade

(Question No 568)

Mr Smyth asked the Attorney General, upon notice, on 2 April 2003:

In relation to the Periodic Detention Centre (PDC) upgrade:

(1) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the cost and upgrade details that have taken place at the PDC for the $ 2.578m expended as at 31 December 2002;

(2) What will the remaining $ 205,000 be expended on, please provide breakdown of cost and upgrade details;

(3) Has any funding been expended between 31 December 2002 and 31 March 2003, if so, please provide the breakdown of expenditure and upgrade details.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The upgrade was performed in order to convert the existing Periodic Detention Centre facility into a higher security temporary remand facility. This upgrade required:

The construction of twelve new two-bed cell units

The construction of a new induction area

An upgrade of the existing control room

Upgrading of perimeter fencing and installation of a boom gate

Installation of boundary cameras linked to the new CCTV equipment

Upgrading of both internal and external roof security

It should be noted that the total funding for the work, $ 3.1m, was distributed over two financial years: $ 0.4m in 2001/02 and $ 2.7m in 2002/03. The 2001/02 funds were fully expended.

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