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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 931..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

century realities of climate change and the need to conserve habits and people's preferences for liveable cities. However, it is disappointing these principles have not been applied to Gungahlin where woodlands would be cleared for urban sprawl. Going ahead with the full extent of development in Gungahlin will be at the cost of diversity as it means further clearing of the remaining 3 to 4 per cent of threatened grassy woodlands within the region, Ms Harrup said. The council also remains concerned about the fire abatement sign and its possible impact on biodiversity and conservation values of Canberra Nature Park.

That clarifies more fully what the Conservation Council said.

Clean Up Australia Day

Liberal Party policies

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (5.16): Mr Speaker, on Clean Up Australia Day yesterday I went to a site at Gilmore Hill where a young resident had taken it upon herself to organise, as part of her commitment to the environment, that site and the Fadden Pines Clean Up Australia Day site. She also performed this task as part of her Queen's Scout Award. I said, "If you want to give me a summary, I am happy to jump up in the Assembly and read it for you."So, members, on behalf of Julia Torney, I now read this report:

My name is Julia Torney and I was the Clean Up Australia Day site coordinator at Fadden Pines and Gilmore Hill. Thank you for coming to help out at the Gilmore Hill site. At Gilmore Hill we collected 40 bags of rubbish, with 10 of the bags full of dumped catalogues. At the Fadden Pine site 26 bags of rubbish were collected throughout the local park area.

The report then lists some of the most common rubbish and most interesting finds at the two sites. It was found that at Fadden Pines the most common rubbish items were chip and confectionery packets, alcohol bottles and cans, plastic bags, newspapers and cigarette butts. The most interesting finds were two supermarket trolleys, a car wheel hub full of concrete, metal from a garage/garden shed, an oil drum and numerous pairs of shoes.

At Gilmore Hill the most common rubbish items found were dumped catalogues-obviously, somebody had not been doing their job-clothing and nappies, household rubbish, cardboard, alcohol bottles and cans. The most interesting finds were a full car body and other car parts, a lounge, brick and concrete blocks, roof tiles and a mattress. The report went on to state:


Clean Up Australia Day was a great success at both these sites and was well needed. I was quite amazed at how much rubbish was collected and what sort it was, in particular, I was surprised by the amount of recyclable rubbish that was collected at both sites.

One day a year is perhaps not enough to keep these sites clean. I coordinated a Clean Up Australia Day site at Fadden Pines last year and we collected about 30 bags of rubbish. This year I was able to see that in 1-year another 30 bags of rubbish had accumulated.


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