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(4).Under the volunteer parking permit scheme, community organisations that have volunteers, may apply for two types of volunteer permits, ‘Short Stay’ and ‘Location Specific’. The holder of a short stay volunteer permit may park in short-stay ticket or meter parking areas for free provided the time limit on the parking sign is not exceeded. There are many meter parking areas closer to the Griffin Centre than the Assembly or Law Courts carparks. I have asked my officers to ensure that the difference and conditions of use in the two types of permits is clearly explained to the community groups that use the Griffin Centre. I expect my officers to contact those groups in the near future. I have also asked for advice on what other options may be available.

(5) This has been done. Two 15 minute parking spaces were installed in Narellan Place adjacent the Griffin Centre on 23 July 2007. Eight 30 minute pay parking spaces will be installed on the opposite side of Narellan Place within the next two months.

(6) Yes. 39 bicycle racks will be installed in Bunda Street, Genge Street and Narellan Place near the Griffin Centre in the next month.

Waramanga—pruning work
(Question No 1677)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 30 August 2007:

(1) Can the Minister confirm that an order was made, following hearings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Supreme Court, requiring the lessees of Block 45 Section 37,Waramanga, by or before 6 December 2004 to (a) trim or prune all vegetation on the block that is bamboo that extends beyond any boundary of the block so that it does not extend beyond the boundary, and in such a way that prunings and loppings fall only within the boundaries of the block and (b) trim, prune, or remove all vegetation on the block that is bamboo, to the reasonable satisfaction of the Territory;

(2) Did someone, on behalf of the Territory, indicate to the lessees prior to or on 6 December 2004 what amount of trimming, pruning or removing of bamboo would be satisfactory to the Territory; if so, who; if not, how were the lessees expected to comply with the order by 6 December 2004 in the absence of the indication of satisfaction from the Territory;

(3) Did officers from ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) attempt to ascertain what removal work had been undertaken by the lessees before 16 June 2005;

(4) Was the trimming, pruning and removal work undertaken by the lessees a reasonable attempt to comply with the order in the circumstances;

(5) Is the inability to confirm that the removal work was reasonable a result of the failure of officers of ACTPLA to inspect the property before 16 June 2005;

(6) Did ACTPLA obtain a search warrant on 24 November 2005 from the Magistrates Court after it informed the Court that the lessees had failed to comply with an order of the ACT AAT and had breached section 258 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991;

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