Page 2948 - Week 09 - Thursday, 18 August 2005

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

(1) The total cost is approximately $13,000.

(2) Now that there is some water in the dams located in Narrabundah Hill, the area will be grazed as soon as the fence is completed. The fence works have commenced and the process to determine who will be the successful grazier for that area has already commenced.

(3) The carrying capacity for the area has been determined as a Dry Stock Equivalent of 190, which equates to 19 head of cattle. This number may vary depending on seasonal conditions and the amount of fuel requiring removal.

(4) There is a total of 241 hectares in Narrabundah Hill. Most of the eastern section of the area is being planted this season and protected from grazing. On the western side, 148 hectares will be fenced off and grazing allowed for fuel reduction and fire protection of the new plantings.

(5) There is no intention under current Bushfire Operational Plans, to agist any additional Open Urban Land. However grazing is one of the methods used to reduce fuels in strategic locations and will form an important ongoing role in reducing the seasonal fluctuations of grass and fuel loads.

Development—City Hill
(Question No 391)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 21 June 2005:

(1) Further to a Letter-to-the Editor in The Canberra Times on Thursday, 2 June 2005 entitled “New access needed” regarding the installation of safe pedestrian access to City Hill, will the ACT Government be constructing some safe pedestrian access, as suggested in the letter, for pedestrians wishing to access City Hill from Vernon Circle prior to the implementation of and future development on City Hill; if so, when and what type of access will be provided; if not, why not;

(2) What other solutions does the ACT Government propose to improve pedestrian safety of access to City Hill;

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) In the short term the ACT Government is considering improved pedestrian access to the top of City Hill by providing a footpath along the median of Northbourne Avenue. Should discussions between the Department of Urban Services and the National Capital Authority confirm the practicality of progressing the option, the works will be considered for inclusion in the Department’s minor works program for 2005/06.

(2) A number of planning proposals for City Hill are currently being developed, each will include improved access arrangements for pedestrians.

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