Page 3029 - Week 07 - Thursday, 7 June 2012

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(Question No 2354)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 10 May 2012:

(1) Does item 3.6.3, page 23, of the Woodland Restoration Implementation Plan indicate that funding should be sought for the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate to undertake the culling of approximately 2,000 kangaroos annually in woodland nature reserves, for example, Wanniassa Ridge; if so, how was the decision to extend culling to these areas made.

(2) Can the Minister provide documentation of the scientific evidence that was used to justify this approach.

(3) Was any public consultation sought in making this decision.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Woodland Restoration Implementation Plan was developed by a steering group of community, academic and government interests following a woodland roundtable conducted by the Chief Minister in November 2010. The steering group felt that grazing control, including rabbits and kangaroos, was essential for successful restoration and enhancement of the woodland condition.

The Implementation Plan informed funding bids to undertake woodland restoration across the Territory. The Government allocated $1 million to the program. This did not include funding for the culling component.

(2) The scientific evidence justifying the need for culling is provided in the ACT Kangaroo Management Plan (2010) (KMP), particularly chapter 3. The policy in the KMP is not site specific but supports culling (according to priority and resources) where conservation outcomes can be improved.

(3) The development of the KMP included public consultation on a draft KMP. The Woodland Restoration Implementation Plan grew out of and reflected the discussions from a public roundtable process that involved a number of community groups with an interest in environmental management. Public views on conservation culling are also obtained through surveys of Canberra residents.

Oakey Hill nature park—hazard reduction burn
(Question No 2357)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 10 May 2012 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

Is another hazard reduction burn scheduled to occur at Oakey Hill Nature Park in the coming weeks; if so, can the Minister explain why (a) only part of the suburb of Lyons,

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