Page 2695 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 26 September 2007

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MR HARGREAVES: The answer to the question is no, and I will get it cleaned up as soon as I can.

Mr Stanhope: How come you haven’t looked into it, Steve?

Mr Pratt: I’m giving the minister a chance to do it himself.

Mr Stanhope: Has that police investigation concluded yet?

Mr Pratt: Oh Jonny, you’re a bit touchy, matey! Is your Cityscape depot looking like a graffiti haven, Jonny?

Mr Stanhope: It was an innocent question.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Barbs across the chamber should cease.

MRS DUNNE: I have a supplementary question for the minister. Given that you have already had a month’s notice of the state of the Turner building, why have you done nothing until now?

MR HARGREAVES: If the graffiti is not offensive, to anybody except Mr Pratt, who gets offended by public art—privately owned public art—if it is not racist, if it is not violent, if it is not sexual in nature, and if it is tucked away in the suburbs, what we try to do with the graffiti clean-up team is to target those areas in public areas which do contain racist or violent graffiti, or graffiti of a sexual nature. What we do try to do, though, is to apply our clean-up talents to graffiti sites, not to public art sites.

Mr Pratt: Graffiti is okay, is it?

MR HARGREAVES: We don’t do public art sites.

Tharwa bridge

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, yesterday in question time you explained that the four-span Allan Truss Bridge at Tharwa is made out of old-growth timbers sourced from old-growth forests in New South Wales. You then went on to say, and I quote:

They are not available any more.

On the radio on 2CC this morning you repeated this claim. A gentleman then called 2CC to say that the Pambula bridge is being replaced and that perhaps the old-growth timber in that bridge could be available to repair the Tharwa bridge. Minister, we have contacted the National Association of Forest Industries and have received advice that this type of timber can still be sourced. There are various locations, such as northern New South Wales and parts of Victoria, that deal specifically in old-growth timber that would be suitable for use on the restoration of the Tharwa bridge. Alternatively,

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