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Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Page: 107


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, in writing, on 14 September 2006:

For each financial year since 1 July 2000, what was the total cost of (a) gardening and (b) indoor plants for the Minister’s department and agencies.


Mr McGauran (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Core Department

(a)   Gardening is included in the lease costs of the buildings occupied by the Department and can not be identified as a stand alone item.

(b)   Indoor plants.

Financial Year

Indoor Plants $

2000-01

25,446

2001-02

27,070

2002-03

16,310

2003-04

19,077

2004-05

30,449

2005-06

36,534

 

Old Parliament House

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $ *

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

27,092

NA

2001-02

27,092

NA

2002-03

54,185

NA

2003-04

32,028

NA

2004-05

32,028

NA

2005-06

32,028

NA

* Payments made to National Capital Authority for Horticultural Maintenance. Includes landscaping and gardening services.

Portfolio Agencies

Australia Business Arts Foundation (a) and (b) The Australian Business Arts Foundation has no expenditure on gardening services or indoor plant hire.

Australia Council

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

NA

4,048

2001-02

NA

6,131

2002-03

NA

10,478

2003-04

NA

11,471

2004-05

NA

12,037

2005-06

NA

12,345

 

Australian Film Commission

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

NA

3,813

2001-02

NA

4,065

2002-03

NA

4,238

2003-04

53,140

5,934

2004-05

87,072

5,454

2005-06

66,445

4,772

 

Australian Film Television & Radio School

Financial Year

(a) Gardening * $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

21,000

NA

2001-02

6,000

NA

2002-03

3,000

NA

2003-04

3,000

NA

2004-05

5,000

NA

2005-06

2,000

NA

*Includes School ground maintenance.

 

Australian National Maritime Museum

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

8,400

NA

2001-02

10,328

NA

2002-03

10,525

NA

2003-04

7,194

NA

2004-05

6,490

NA

2005-06

6,919

NA

 

Australian Sports Commission

These figures include all tasks undertaken by the horticultural section of the Australian Sports Commission, including all salaries both for casual staff and full time employees. The section is responsible for the maintenance of a landscape covering 65 hectares.

Within the area are five high profile sports ovals, native/ornamental gardens, building grassed areas and dry land car parks.

Due to the nature and volume of elite sporting clients using these fields, the sports fields, have very high year round maintenance demands. The first three years of the reporting period included significant major refurbishments of sporting fields that added approximately $130,000 each year to the cost of horticulture operations.

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

555,587

1,925

2001-02

547,026

4,099

2002-03

592,287

6,869

2003-04

479,892

7,296

2004-05

547,612

8,046

2005-06

572,795

6,331

 

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority was created in March 2006. Figures for previous years reflect spending by the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA).

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

NA

2,335

2001-02

NA

2,914

2002-03

NA

3,307

2003-04

NA

2,831

2004-05

NA

3,356

2005-06

NA

304

 

Bundanon Trust

Bundanon Trust does not spend funds on contracted gardening services or the hire of indoor plants. However, as the Trust operates from rural properties, it is required to maintain and preserve the properties and farm. These activities include pasture improvement work, together with maintenance and upgrading of the lawns and gardens around the buildings. This work is undertaken by Bundanon Trust property maintenance staff, as well as volunteers.

 

Film Australia Limited

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

19,395

1,872

2001-02

5,521

1,872

2002-03

7,676

1,872

2003-04

11,184

1,872

2004-05

5,184

1,872

2005-06

4,217

1,686

 

Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited (a) and (b) The Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited has no expenditure on gardening services or indoor plant hire.

National Archives of Australia

Note: These figures relate to all the National Archives’ buildings in Canberra and in each State capital city and Darwin.

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

50,347

9,541

2001-02

56,060

11,087

2002-03

42,204

11,572

2003-04

66,142

4,068

2004-05

58,123

20,742

2005-06

75,597

12,541

 

National Gallery of Australia

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

21,457

NA

2001-02

2,910

NA

2002-03

5,820

NA

2003-04

1,940

NA

2004-05

4,550

NA

2005-06

60,673

NA

 

National Library of Australia

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

6,166

2,630

2001-02

6,252

1,626

2002-03

6,252

1,715

2003-04

5,846

2,738

2004-05

5,846

3,413

2005-06

5,846

3,103

 

National Museum of Australia

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

NA

7,160

2001-02

NA

9,157

2002-03

NA

9,769

2003-04

NA

931

2004-05

NA

0

2005-06

NA

540

 

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

The ABC does not maintain separate accounts for recording gardening costs and the costs of indoor plants, but estimates the cost related to gardening and indoor plants as follows:

Financial Year

(a) (b) Gardening and Indoor Plant Hire $

2000-01

117,540

2001-02

119,220

2002-03

121,400

2003-04

164,673

2004-05

168,375

2005-06

182,332

 

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

The ACMA was formed on 1 July 2005 when the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) and the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) were merged. The following answers address this question for all three agencies separately.

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

NA

NA

2001-02

NA

NA

2002-03

NA

NA

2003-04

NA

NA

2004-05

NA

NA

2005-06

5,404

30,042

 

Australian Communications Authority (ACA)

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

3,544

5,864

2001-02

128

54

2002-03

0

1,379

2003-04

418

1,412

2004-05

0

0

2005-06

NA

NA

 

Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA)

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

NA

Records not available

2001-02

NA

Records not available

2002-03

NA

10,916

2003-04

NA

11,723

2004-05

NA

0

2005-06

NA

NA

 

Special Broadcasting Service SBS

Financial Year

(a) Gardening $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

660

26,278

2001-02

660

29,396

2002-03

720

25,414

2003-04

780

29,204

2004-05

840

28,322

2005-06

900

31,979

 

Australia Post

Australia Post advises that costs for landscaping and gardening are captured within a single general ledger account. Gardening can not be uniquely identified as a stand alone cost.

Financial Year

(a) Gardening * $

(b) Indoor Plants $

2000-01

740,000

290,000

2001-02

780,000

270,000

2002-03

770,000

290,000

2003-04

790,000

310,000

2004-05

910,000

290,000

2005-06

980,000

350,000

* Includes landscaping services.

Telstra Telstra is unable to provide an answer to this question.