Page 608 - Week 02 - Thursday, 14 February 2013

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Certainly in relation to the issue of the faulty sprinklers, which has been asserted in that same article, I do notice that Mr Dawes, the Director-General of the Land Development Agency, suggested that was not in fact the problem. So I think there is a level of debate about the reason the tree fell. Certainly there were some issues with the sprinklers out there. From what I have read in the press, and not being responsible for the LDA, the issue with the sprinklers was addressed sometime prior to the tree actually falling.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: What significance does adding these trees to the provisional tree register have on their management, protection and survival?

MR RATTENBURY: The tree register has quite a detailed series of provisions which are available on the TAMS website. The essential essence is that trees of a certain size, a certain age and certain characteristics are protected from a range of what are called tree damaging activities. The primary one of course is removal but there are other things that are covered by that. I am happy to provide you with a set of the guidelines, if you require them.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: What is the cost of the fallen tree removal?

MR RATTENBURY: I will have to take that on notice.

Rivett shops—health and safety

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. I have received concerns from local residents about the amount of animal waste, specifically fallen from birds, at the Rivett shops. Minister, what action is being taken to address the health and safety hazards that are created by this waste?

MR RATTENBURY: My congratulations to Mrs Jones for expressing that question in completely appropriate parliamentary language. The issue of excessive animal waste at Rivett shops has not been brought specifically to my attention. TAMS is, of course, responsible for cleaning and maintaining the territory’s 87 shopping centres. Various shopping centres are on different cycles of cleaning, depending on the level of demand. Certainly, the city areas, or the major town centres such as Woden and the city, are on a higher rotation than group centres and then there is a lower rate of cleaning at the local centres, of which Rivett would be one.

I will seek some further advice about what the specific problem is at Rivett and provide you with an update, perhaps outside of the chamber.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

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