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(2) Street sweepings typically contain:



leaves, bark and other vegetation;

debris and residues from vehicle use, accidents, and spillages; and

a wide range of other contaminants and detritus.

(3) The cost of street sweeping services this financial year to date is $649,000. The cost for the 2010-11 financial year was $1,052,000.

(4) A total of 6604m³ of sediment and other gross pollutants has been removed from stormwater network gross pollutant traps this financial year to date. It is not possible to determine the proportion of this material that originated from road surfaces as opposed to other sources.

(5) Street sweepings are classified as solid waste and are disposed of to landfill.

(6) The street sweeping programme is continuous throughout the year.

(7) Yes, street sweeping activity is concentrated in areas with heavy leaf fall during autumn. Additional resources are often utilised during this period.

(8) No.

(Question No 2391)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 10 May 2012:

(1) In relation to the Government response to the Commissioner for Sustainable and the Environment’s Report on the Investigation into the Government’s Tree Management Practices and the Renewal of Canberra’s Urban Forest released in February 2012, what, if any, tree management and practice changes will result from the 36 “agreed in principle” (sub) recommendations out of the 44.

(2) What will happen in relation to the Government’s agreement in principle to Recommendation 4.

(3) What tree management and practice changes (a) has the Government made to date and (b) does the Government intend to do, in relation to implementing the agreed Recommendation 1.

(4) What is the timeframe for implementing any of these planned tree management and practice changes.

(5) Will the Government increase funding for urban tree management in the ACT to $4 million per year, in line with the Commissioner’s Recommendation 11B and Recommendation 1 to replace the comparably funded Urban Forest Renewal Program.

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