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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2129..


(1) How is the Government supporting Clean Up Australia in the ACT;

(2) Are there any Clean Up Australia projects that the Government plans to support collaboratively or otherwise;

(3) Is the Government aware of alleged growing sentiments within Clean Up Australia that the ACT Government does not appreciate its work;

(4) What is the Government doing to ensure more effective waste management in the ACT.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Each year, Territory and Municipal Services assists with the Clean Up Australia Day campaign by providing a free service of removing the collected litter. Almost seven tonnes of litter was taken to landfill in March 2007. A total of 89.5 labour hours was used to provide this service at a cost of $3,730.90.

(2) The ACT Government is committed to a long-term partnership with Clean up Australia and will continue to provide waste disposal services for Clean Up Australia Day.

(3) No.

(4) The ACT Government has initiated or supports several programs aimed at raising public awareness of the damage caused to the environment by littering. These include Waterwatch, Landcare, Adopt a Wetland, Clean Up Australia Day and a "Butt Free City Campaign"in conjunction with the Butt Littering Trust, which commenced in 2005 and was again carried out in March this year. Public awareness campaigns are also carried out periodically targeting litter and illegal dumping. This month (June 2007) Territory & Municipal Services and ACT Police are undertaking a joint campaign targeting uncovered loads. In addition, the Litter Act 2004 provides a more effective piece of legislation to deter people from littering. Under this legislation our City Rangers and Police can issue on-the spot fines to offenders ranging from $60 to $1000.

Regular maintenance programs are also in place throughout Canberra's public and open space areas to ensure that litter is kept within service charter specifications. Furthermore, the ACT Government has in place the No Waste Strategy which is progressively being implemented and has already achieved a 75% resource recovery rate for all municipal wastes generated.

Health—bird flu

(Question No 1609)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 30 May 2007:

(1) How does the Government ensure that large scale commercial hen interests operating in the Territory, such as Parkwood, have appropriate public health mechanisms;


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