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(1) The Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate is continuing normal maintenance operations including tree pruning to ensure the risk relating to failure or damage from urban trees is managed and trees continue to provide ongoing amenity to the city. TAMS is also concentrating its replanting activities in streets where trees have been removed. In terms of tree removal, TAMS is only removing trees that are dead, potentially hazardous or ones that have been vandalised. The programmed maintenance efforts have focussed on high usage areas where risk of damage from tree failure is greatest, including Northbourne Avenue and the heritage listed Haig, Corroboree and Glebe Parks. In addition, TAMS has been actively reducing the high number of outstanding public reports relating to tree maintenance in urban streets and parks.

(2) TAMS has fully implemented all but one of the recommendations contained in the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment’s (CSE) interim report relating to tree removal. The outstanding recommendation, relating to developing an urban tree management plan, is captured in the response to the CSE’s full report.

Once the ACT Government’s response to the CSE’s final report has been finalised, a comprehensive update on the recommendations that have been implemented will be provided.

(3) The Government will shortly consider a response to the CSE’s final report and it is anticipated the response will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the end of 2011.

Transport—sustainable transport corridor study
(Question No 1753)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 25 August 2011:

(1) In relation to information on the TAMs website that indicates that tree replanting along Northbourne Avenue will be completed by Spring 2011 and that tree planting will not be determined until the outcomes of the Sustainable Transport Corridor Study have been determined, but this study is still waiting on a community consultation stage—when the tree planting on Northbourne Avenue will be completed.

(2) In regard to the Sustainable Transport Corridor Study (a) when will the consultation occur, (b) when will the consultation be finalised and (c) when does the Government intend to make a decision on the road and transport issues?

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

(1) The original information on the website referred to replanting to be completed by spring 2011. This has been amended to the correct date of spring 2012.

For clarification, tree planting will not be carried out in sections of the Northbourne Avenue road corridor (verges and central median) that may be impacted by works associated with the Sustainable Transport Corridor Study (Gungahlin to City Transitway Study) until the outcomes of the study are known. This study primarily focuses on the area of Northbourne Avenue from City Hill to Flemington Road.

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