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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2191 ..

(2) How much did this review cost;

(3) How much will it cost to cut down the trees identified for removal and from where in the Budget will this cost be met;

(4) What process did you use to determine the species of trees that will replace the removed trees;

(5) What species of trees will replace the removed trees in each location;

(6) When will the replacement program be completed;

(7) What is the total cost of replacement trees;

(8) Has the ACT Government developed an ongoing program of tree removals and replacements.

Mr Wood

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

(1) Canberra Urban Parks and Places (CUPP) Urban Tree Management Team prepared a specification for the assessment of the trees at 11 identified sites and a consultancy was let to Canopy the Tree Experts.

Members of the CUPP Tree Management Team then reviewed the consultant's recommendations and the final number of 309 tree removals was confirmed.

(2) The consultancy cost was $25,050 excluding GST.

(3) It will cost approximately $200,000 to remove the trees and to process the by-product. Funds were reallocated for this priority project from elsewhere within DUS.

(4) Decisions regarding the selection of suitable replacement species for designated areas will be made in consultation with the National Capital Authority, while species selection for CUPP managed areas will be made by the CUPP Tree Management Team. The aim of the replacement program is to restore the original landscape design intent. The same or similar replacement species will wherever possible be used, unless there is a problem with the suitability or performance of the species of tree removed.

(5) Please see the attached Table.

(6) The replacement trees will be planted in Spring 2003 (early October).

(7) $75,000 has been allocated for the supply and planting of about 400 replacement trees and to provide a 16-week consolidation period after planting.

(8) The Government has provided on going funding through the annual Capital Works Program for the past 12 years for the removal and replacement of aging street and parkland trees.

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