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Bio-char can be produced as a by-product of some bio-energy production processes, so bio-char is currently being considered as part of discussions with ESDD about bio-energy technology.


The majority of by-product from urban tree management operations is currently mulched and used in the urban landscape. Mulch provides a number of benefits including: soil water retention, collection and storage of water runoff, weed control, soil improvement and a reduction in areas that need to be mown.


Collection of seed from urban trees is not currently being considered as a commercial option, due to unreliability of parent seed mostly associated with hybridisation.

Ecological and habitat restoration

Suitable trees (mostly larger remnant Eucalypts) are cut over and retained in areas where it is considered safe to do so, as habitat trees. This approach has been used in Canberra for more than 25 years. In recent years, more than 2000 tonnes of logs were provided for use in Canberra’s parks and reserves.

3. The answer to Question 3 has been provided above.

Parking—disabled spaces
(Question No 1977)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 8 December 2011 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) In relation to the 2008 ACT Disabled Parking Study, has the schedule of works appearing on the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate website as an outcome of this study been implemented; if not, what works remain to be done and what is the timeframe for their completion.

(2) How many disabled parking spaces now meet all the requirements of the three standards on which this study was based.

(3) Do these three standards still apply in the ACT.

(4) How do these three standards interact with the new Australian standard AS/NZ 2890.6:2009.

(5) Was the study’s recommendation that the ratio of disabled spaces to standard spaces be increased to 3% implemented.

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

1. Scheduled works have been implemented on the vast majority of 90 degree parking spaces. Works on parallel parking spaces, angled parking spaces other than 90 degree spaces and some 90 degree spaces are yet to be undertaken.

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