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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1845 ..

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

The quoted number of 34 vehicles is inconsistent with the records of both

ACT Forests and the Land Rover Club of the ACT.

As part of Clean-up Australia Day 2002 the Land Rover Club of the ACT dragged 19 wrecked cars to more accessible locations throughout the forests, 18 of which were removed during the month following. One isolated vehicle was left in the forest for removal in the next lot of multiple car collections, due to the high cost of removing single vehicles.

During the 2003 Clean-up Australia Day, the Land Rover Club of the ACT dragged 11 wrecked cars to more accessible locations, however due to competing priorities arising from the January fires these vehicles were not immediately removed. ACT Forests is currently organising contractors to remove these vehicles and the remaining vehicle from 2002, as soon as possible.

The illegal dumping of vehicles in land managed by ACT Forests is an ongoing problem. The continual cycle of vehicle dumping and vehicle removal causes the number of wrecks in the forests to fluctuate. It is difficult to maintain a wreck-free forest for any extended period of time.

National Hockey Centre

(Question No 660)

Mr Stefaniak

asked the Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, upon notice, on 1 April 2003:

In relation to upgrade at the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham and your reply to Question on Notice No.526:

In your response you stated that "the Commonwealth undertook to consider this matter and to respond as soon as practicable". Has the Minister received any further correspondence or information detailing if the Commonwealth will provide funds for capital works required for the Centre to host the Champions Trophy in 2005?

If so, please provide documentation, if not why not and when will the ACT Government chase up the Commonwealth for an answer?

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

On 17 February 2003, the Commonwealth was asked to consider funding capital works at the facility on a shared basis. Commonwealth officials undertook to do so within the Federal 2003/04 Budget context. No correspondence had been received from the Commonwealth at the time this question was put on the Notice Paper, however correspondence stating that funding would not be provided for capital works was received on 13 May 2003 - the morning of the Federal Budget.

The Commonwealth's correspondence on this matter has been copied to the Member.

[Attached email has been lodged with the Chamber Support Office.]

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