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The ECT and LIP Plan need to identify information such as the number of trainees or apprentices, value of work being directed to local suppliers and subcontractors, and other economic contributions to the region like partnerships or sponsorships with local industry or higher-education organisations.

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(Question No 2865)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for City Services, upon notice, on 29 November 2019:

(1) What additional measures is ACT Government planning to look after Canberra’s street and park trees as we experience less rainfall.

(2) Will the Minister update the information on Access Canberra’s tree FAQ webpage that provides information about tree pruning and removal, but only a little advice about watering, with more detailed and up to date advice, for example by reference to where to water (e.g. drip line or into a trench); how to water (e,g, deeply, less often, into a trench), when to water (e.g. early or late in the day).

(3) What public education is the Minister planning for water restrictions and care of street and park trees.

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

(1) The TCCS Urban Treescapes watering program runs each summer from October to the end of April and includes street and park trees within the first three years of their planting date. Due to the extended dry conditions, the 2019-2020 watering program includes trees within the first five years of their planting date and additional watering trucks have been assigned to increase the frequency of watering.

(2) A new City Services website was launched this month. This provides expanded information on tree planting including encouraging residents to water young trees in their neighbourhood to help them become established. The Access Canberra Fix My Street page provides information for users who wish to request the watering of public trees. The information that appears encourages residents to water trees with a bucket of non-potable water once a week during summer. The Access Canberra page includes a link to the new City Services website.

(3) An information sheet on Caring for a Young Street Tree is provided to all households adjacent to new planting locations. This recommends watering trees with non-potable water. TCCS also annually requests residents to assist with young tree watering through public campaigns.

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