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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 400

(Question No. 385)

Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and Construction, upon notice, on 31 May 1985:

Has landscaping (including tree planting) been carried out in and around the carpark area of the Australian Defence Force Academy; if so:

(a) at what cost;

(b) when was the work carried out; and

(c) are all the works carried out still in place, if not, why not, and by whose authority has any alteration or removal taken place.

Senator Ryan —The Minister for Housing and Construction has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Landscaping has been carried out to five (5) carpark areas at the Australian Defence Force Academy. This work formed part of a contract for perimeter landscaping of the site and included the planting of native trees and shrubs, the installation of an irrigation system, drainage, retaining walls, etc.

(a) Total cost of this perimeter landscaping package, including the carpark areas, was $117,481.

(b) The landscaped areas were completed and handed over to the Department of Defence in November 1983, who in turn handed them over to the Australian Defence Force Academy.

(c) No. As a result of experience on site during construction it was decided for traffic management reasons that some selective culling and some pruning should be undertaken to protect sight lines. This is not unusual where, as in this case, plantings are done early in order to provide a reasonably mature landscape on occupation. Culling at one of the carparks was carried out by the Academy in April/May 1985 and arrangements have been made to replant the area with lower growing species at an approximate cost of $3,000.