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(11) Three to four days before resealing works are undertaken, adjoining residents receive a notice in their mailbox providing information on the upcoming works and a brochure about what to expect when the street is resealed.

Each day a media release is issued by Transport Canberra and City Services outlining works programmed on the following day, this is supported by a tweet about where works are to be undertaken and daily updates on the website. Prior to the works commencing, signs are installed in the suburbs notifying motorists and residents of the upcoming reseal works.

Environment—elm leaf beetle
(Question No 893)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 February 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Transport and City Services):

(1) In how many and what suburbs in the ACT is the elm leaf beetle present.

(2) What percentage of elm trees in those suburbs are affected.

(3) In what suburbs is the elm leaf beetle a significant threat.

(4) What management plans does the Government have for control of the elm leaf beetle.

(5) What strategies has the Government adopted to preserve those trees that are already affected.

(6) What is the current annual cost of these management plans.

(7) In respect to the trial that is currently in operation, (a) when did the trial start, (b) how is it funded, (c) what is the total cost of the trial, (d) what trees/ regions are involved in the trial, (e) who is undertaking the work, (f) who is assessing the results, (g) what has the directorate learnt so far and (h) when will the results be available.

(8) Who is responsible for pest control on trees located on National Capital Authority land.

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

(1) Elm leaf beetle (ELB) is now present in most suburbs/areas where elms are present.

(2) Anecdotally about 80% of elm trees have been affected this year.

(3) ELB does not represent a significant threat to elms in the ACT context.

(4) The Government has no management plans/strategies in place to control ELB. There is consensus among biosecurity agencies in ACT and other jurisdictions that ELB can no longer be controlled.

(5) See response to question 7.

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