Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 16 February 2017) . . Page.. 694 ..
2016-2017 financial year towards meeting the annual operating costs of the services that RSPCA ACT delivers, including:
• Provision of an appropriately trained inspectorate to enforce the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 1992;
• Provision of shelter and care for companion animals, including dogs and cats, with a view to returning animals to their owners or re-homing;
• Accepting and holding injured native wildlife;
• Managing the euthanisation and disposal of animals received from the public which are declared as a pest animal under the Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005.
(2) Under the SFA between the ACT Government and RSPCA ACT, an amount of $10,000 is nominally allocated towards costs incurred by RSPCA ACT in accepting and holding up to 400 injured native animals per year.
(3) RSPCA ACT advises that supplies of the euthanasia drug Pentobarbitone (Lethabarb) are kept secure and are only accessible to senior veterinary staff. RSPCA ACT use of Lethabarb is consistent with the Australian Veterinary Association and ACT Veterinary Surgeon’s Board guidelines.
All RSPCA ACT staff participating in euthanasia are provided with the required training including the handling and restraint of various species to avoid creating a stressful situation.
Greyhound racing—Canberra Greyhound Racing Club
(Question No 33)
Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Regulatory Services, upon notice, on 16 December 2016:
(1) What are the lease conditions for the land in Symonston leased by the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club.
(2) When does the current lease expire.
(3) Is the Minister able to say how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club employs.
Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) There are no lease and development conditions or prescribed conditions for this lease. Aside from the rental provisions, it is a standard Crown lease.
(2) The current lease expires on 22 November 2027.
(3) In January 2017 the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club confirmed that they employ two full-time employees, 20 casuals and several contractors (eg. veterinarians).