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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 10 March 2016) . . Page.. 1031 ..


(2) What was the cost of tree maintenance for the financial years (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015 and (c) 2015-2016 to date.

(3) What is the average lifespan of a street tree.

(4) Does the Government have a tree replacement program; if so, can the Minister provide details.

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

(1) TAMS manage more than 750,000 trees in the urban area including approximately 340,000 trees located in streets. The attached table provides an up-to-date summary of the number of street trees in each suburb.

(2)

(a)

2013-2014:

$7,497,872

(b)

2014-2015:

$6,744,670

(c)

2015-2016: YTD

$3,599,702 (YTD) The full year allocated budget is $7,194,697

(3) The average life expectancy of street trees varies depending on the type of tree, prevailing weather conditions and site factors. Some street trees (mostly deciduous exotics) that date from the early 1900s are still healthy while some of the native tree types reach the end of their useful life in 50 to 70 years.

(4) The ACT Government uses an integrated approach to the removal and replacement of trees on public land where the removal of trees is closely aligned with tree planting programs.

Attachment

Street Tree Numbers by Suburb as at 18 February 2016

SUBURB

Total

HOLT

3422

ACTON

2628

HUGHES

1454

AINSLIE

4276

HUME

4488

AMAROO

3695

ISAACS

3671

ARANDA

4686

ISABELLA PLAINS

2124

BANKS

2459

JACKA

223

BARTON

774

KALEEN

6556

BELCONNEN

5649

KAMBAH

14827

BONNER

2895

KINGSTON

1411

BONYTHON

2251

LATHAM

3889

BRADDON

2078

LAWSON

1113

BRUCE

7837

LYNEHAM

4960

CALWELL

5791

LYONS

1615

CAMPBELL

2761

MACARTHUR

3566

CASEY

2726

MACGREGOR

4459

CHAPMAN

1722

MACQUARIE

3973

CHARNWOOD

3829

MAWSON

2321

CHIFLEY

1950

MCKELLAR

2283

CHISHOLM

3896

MELBA

3256


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