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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 12 February 2015) . . Page.. 287 ..

Mr Coe also asked me to provide information “about all the contracts awarded to Citywide, including the dates, the scope of work and the amounts of those contracts, and any variations”. This information can be found on the Shared Services procurement website by typing “mowing” in the search function.

Mrs Jones asked me:

… how often are mowing contractors other than the successful tenderer in this case—Citywide—being called upon to complete the mowing of arterial roads? What is the hourly rate paid for this work?

The answer is that TAMS does not generally use hourly rate contractors. TAMS uses contractors under a standing government contract that has been market tested through a previous tender process. A fixed-price quotation is sought when required for the provision of one-off mowing services.

I am advised by TAMS that additional mowing contractors are called upon to complete mowing of arterial roads on an as-needed basis. Additional mowing contractors are called on depending on the weather and the growth of grass. For example, in the last two months there has been a lot of rain and cooler weather, so TAMS has needed to undertake extra mowing and has called in extra contractors. I was then asked whether ACT contractors did this work, and the answer is yes.

Finally, Mr Wall asked:

… what is the dollar value of the contract awarded to Citywide for the dryland mowing of arterial roads in the ACT?

That information is also on the Shared Services procurement website.

Yesterday I was asked by Mr Wall:

… what suburbs were notified about the potential effects of the work at the tip and in what formats did this notification take place?

The answer is that the opportunity to undertake the re-profiling work at Mugga Lane, which would create extra landfill space, became evident within a limited time frame and was commenced at short notice. This facilitated the closing of the emergency landfill at west Belconnen. The media release was issued on 12 December 2014 to announce the works and then again on 6 February 2015 to announce the completion of the works. For any public queries, information was provided to Canberra Connect throughout the whole process. ACT NOWaste provided responses to every resident who contacted them about the odour and spoke with them. My office and TAMS also briefed Mr Wall’s colleague Ms Lawder about this issue on 23 January 2015.


Mr Barr presented the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79—Copies of executive contracts or instruments—

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