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(d) Funding of $0.325 million was provided for increased costs for sportsground mowing primarily due to operational cost increases associated with equipment, an increased number of sports grounds and seasonal impacts on watering and mowing patterns.

(2) Funding of $3.2 million was provided for Territorial expenses such as damages and settlements, criminal injuries compensation, counsel fees, legal and other related expenses incurred during 2008-09. The quantum of these expenses varies according to the legal matters that arise each year.

This additional expenditure was partially offset by insurance recoveries for matters in which the Territory is indemnified by the ACT Insurance Authority (ACTIA), and other recoveries including: criminal injuries compensation payments recovered from offenders; and the reimbursement of legal expenses through costs orders made in favour of the Territory in various legal proceedings. These recoveries were above budget for the same period but this revenue cannot be used directly by the Department as a funding source due to appropriation provisions that apply to Territorial expenditure under the Financial Management Act 1996 which does not allow Territorial revenue to be used to pay expenses.

(3) Funding of $90,000 was provided to ACTPLA for costs associated with completing the Cotter Dam Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The additional funding was required due to the size of the EIS for the Cotter Dam and the workload associated with its timely development.

Children—playground upgrades
(Question No 271)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 20 August 2009:

(1) What is the current classification for upgrade for each of the playgrounds on the list of playgrounds assessed in the most recent Playground Safety Audit.

(2) What is the definition of each of these classifications.

(3) When does the Minister expect to upgrade each of these playgrounds.

(4) What will each of the upgrades include.

(5) What is the current amount of funding earmarked for each of the upgrades of these playgrounds.

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

(1) Playgrounds are currently classified for upgrade based on a 2004 Audit Priority List using a numerical ranking.

(2) The Audit Priority List is a numerical ranking of playgrounds based on a standardised assessment against the Australian and ACT Standards. The position (or classification) of a playground on the Priority List is an indication of the relative priority for upgrade works.

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