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Tuesday, 16 March 1971

Senator POYSER asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that as part of the austerity campaign the lawns surrounding Parliament House will now be cut only once a week instead of twice as previously.

(2)   Are these lawns now cut by 4 men with hand mowers instead of a tractor-drawn mower as before.

(3)   Is cut grass being heaped manually tor disposal.

(4)   Will the Minister advise that savings will be made if these statements are true.

Senator COTTON:The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: (1), (2), (3) and (4) The programme for cutting lawns in front of Parliament House has not been changed. Irrigated lawns in the area are cut by tractor drawn mower on an average of once weekly subject to the seasonal rate of growth of the grass.

Men with small motor mowers cut grass around trees and edges.

When the grass has become overgrown between cuttings it is often necessary to rake up surplus grass clippings and remove them for composting.

Savings are mainly evident in the reduced frequency of mowing unwatered grasslands where overgrown grass does not cause such a problem of removal to avoid the permanent deterioration of better quality irrigated lawns.

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