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Can the Minister provide for each of the financial years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 the number of playing fields, by number and size (a) available for hire, (b) taken off line or otherwise not available for hire, (c) placed back on line from the previous year and (d) in respect of parts (b) and (c), the reason for their changed status.

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


(a) Attachment A shows a list of all playing fields; District Playing Fields (DPF) Enclosed Ovals (EO) and Neighbourhood Ovals (NHO), that were available for hire in 2012-13 and 2013-14. It should be noted that the Bonython NHO was restored and became available for hire in October 2013, the Watson NHO in February 2014 and the Weetangera NHO in December 2014. This consists of a total of 884 individual fields as at the end of 2014.

(b) The playing fields that are currently not irrigated and are not available for formal hire are at Attachment B. These facilities are available for informal use by the community.

(c and d) No playing fields have had their irrigation turned back on other than Bonython, Watson and Weetangera NHO’s as explained at (a), which were part of the ACT Government’s three year Ovals Restoration Program.

(Copies of the attachments are available at the Chamber Support Office).

(Question No 363)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 4 December 2014:

In relation to graffiti in Canberra where are the exact locations of the graffiti hotspots that the TAMS website refers to and that the TAMS Directorate monitors.

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

The ACT Government inspects graffiti hotspots weekly. Inspections target public assets in high use areas such as the city centre, town centres and high visibility areas across Canberra such as arterial roads, bus stops and underpasses.

The exact locations of hotspots varies over time. TAMS meet with the graffiti removal contractor on a monthly basis and specific locations are discussed for appropriate action.

The most recent report from the contractor has highlighted areas with multiple incidents per week. These include numerous sites across the Tuggeranong Town Centre, an underpass on Clive Steele Avenue in Monash, bus stops along Ellerston Avenue in Isabella Plains and the Bus Interchange in Woden Town Centre and Woden Town Square.

TAMS do not remove graffiti from privately owned assets. This includes residential and commercial fences and walls.

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