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1. The Road Transport Authority will register vehicles originally constructed as goods carrying vans or commercial vehicles as passenger vehicles if they have been modified as wheelchair accessible vehicles.

The vehicle owner is required to obtain a report from an approved engineering signatory stating the modified vehicle meets the applicable motor vehicle standards. The modified vehicle is then required to be presented to the Authority for inspection.

2. Since the mid 1990’s.

3. Yes.

4. In the past 12 months three owners of wheelchair accessible vehicles have contacted the Authority seeking refunds. The refunded amounts were $47.50, $193.10 and $886.30 a total of $1,126.90.

Environment—urban forest
(Question No 106)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 24 March 2009:

(1) When was the last inventory of urban forest trees conducted.

(2) Who conducted the inventory.

(3) What were the main outcomes and recommendations.

(4) Approximately, to the nearest 1000, how many urban forest trees in the ACT are under the management of the ACT Government.

(5) What is their average age.

(6) What is their average life expectancy.

(7) What is the approximate proportion of native trees verses exotic trees.

(8) Does the ACT Government have an urban forest management plan; if so, from where may it be accessed; if not, why not.

(9) Has the Government reviewed the plan, given the effect of the drought over recent years; if so, when and in what way was the plan amended; if not, why not.

(10) In the context of urban forest management, what arrangements does the ACT Government have with the Commonwealth for the management of urban forest trees that are on Commonwealth land.

(11) If the ACT Government has no arrangements as outlined in part (10) what is the management plan for these trees.

(12) What is the (a) strategy for and (b) location of heritage trees that are either dead or nearing the end of their life expectancy.

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