Page 4373 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2005

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

(1) (a) Since the implementation of Actew/AGL water restrictions there have been as many as 30 sportsgrounds (including parts of larger district grounds) closed for formal sporting use. The precise number has varied slightly from time to time due to variations in the response of grounds to the withdrawal of irrigation and its partial reintroduction with changes in the level of restriction.

(b) Currently there are 20 neighbourhood ovals and parts of 4 district playing fields closed to formal sporting use.

(2) The ACT Junior Cricket Association has had to change the scheduling of some competitions but there have been no cancellations. The North Canberra Bears Minor Rugby League Football club transferred their training and competition from Kaleen North Oval to the Kaleen District Playing Fields for the winter season 2005. The South Tuggeranong Knights Minor Rugby League Club lost access to their training ground at Conder Neighbourhood Oval and moved to Calwell District Playing Fields and Kambah 1 District Playing Fields.

All other sports have been able to carry out their training and competition programs.

(3) There are:

• 15 concrete wickets available and 18 unavailable

• 30 synthetic wickets available and 1 unavailable

• All 15 turf wickets are available

(4) It is believed that all competitions will be able to proceed.

(5) There are enough grounds available to facilitate the full program of summer sport. Parks and Places will continue to monitor the condition of all grounds and will work closely with the various ACT sporting associations to ensure that their needs continue to be met.

(Question No 683)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice, on 18 October 2005:

In relation to the water resources management plan Think Water Act Water, volume 3, what is the “area method”.

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

The area method is used to determine flows in subcatchments which do not contain a gauging station. A gauging station that has similar characteristics (land use, geology, soils and vegetation) is used. Based on the fact that the quantity of runoff varies with catchment area, flow details from this similar station are varied proportionally to the areas of the gauged and ungauged subcatchments to calculate the flow in the ungauged catchment.

ACTION—passenger safety
(Question No 684)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 18 October 2005:

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