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10. Yes. The Bush Friendly Nursery Scheme - the ACT Government has continued the ‘Bush Friendly Nursery Scheme’ which was introduced in 1998 to prevent the further spread of known environmental weeds and reduce the likelihood of introducing other garden plants with the potential to escape from gardens and going bush. All ACT nurseries have voluntarily agreed not to sell the range of potential garden escapes featured in the ‘Are Your Garden Plants Going Bush’ pamphlet.

11. Inspections of nurseries are conducted by PCL staff during Spring and Autumn to ensure compliance with current pest plant legislation. No declared pest plants have been found during the nursery visits.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

(Question No 32)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 10 February 2009:

Further to the reply to question on notice No 1 has data for a number of pre-schools or schools had been omitted from the table, specifically but not necessary exhaustively, Tharwa and Hall pre-schools; if so, will the Minister provide in relation to the 2009 school year for Tharwa and Hall pre-schools and any other government pre-schools or schools omitted from Table 1, the number of (a) enrolments the Department has received and (b) placement offers made, for (i) pre-school, (ii) kindergarten, (iii) year 1 and (iv) year 2 years.

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

No data for any public school was excluded from the table provided in the response to question on notice No 1. From 2008, all public preschools were administered by a public primary school, and as such, the school recorded in the Department’s student administration system is the primary school responsible for administration of the relevant preschool site. With regard to your specific example, the data for the preschool site at Hall is included in the data for Gold Creek School and the data for the preschool site at Tharwa is included in the data for Charles Condor Primary. The February 2009 census was conducted on 18 February 2009 and the results will be published on the Department’s website when available.

The Department does not collect data on placement offers.

(Question No 34)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 10 February 2009:

(1) What is the process within the ACT Planning and Land Authority for determining whether a lease should be a concessional lease under part 9.4 of the Planning and Development Act 2007.

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