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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 5 Hansard (2 April) . . Page.. 1848..


Environment—building sites

(Question No 104)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 26 February 2009 (redirected to the Attorney General):

What rules and regulations exist to ensure that areas adjacent to building sites are kept clean of debris and how are such regulations enforced.

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

Sections 38 & 39 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 are commonly used by the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) WorkCover in determining whether a builder has done all things reasonably practicable to reduce risks from hazards at the workplace as a result of their business undertaking.

This might include:

  • Moving all material so that it rests within the boundary of the building site;
  • Removal of material from outside the building site, if it cannot be safely placed within the boundary;
  • Ensure adequate housekeeping within and outside the boundary of the site, including preventing debris on the site blowing to other areas, and washing down of plant; and
  • Ensuring plant movement on site is controlled.

When visiting a building site, ORS WorkCover Inspectors may give direction to the person in control to address issues such as those listed above. Where warranted, enforcement action can include the issuing of Improvement Notices, Prohibition Notices or Infringement Notices.

Transport—wheelchair accessible vehicles

(Question No 105)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 24 March 2009:

(1) What provision is there for vehicles originally built as goods carrying vans or commercial vehicles to be registered as passenger vehicles after they have been modified to wheelchair accessible vehicles.

(2) How long has this provision been available.

(3) Is there reference to this provision on the publicly accessible Department of Territory and Municipal Services website; if not, why not.

(4) How many refunds have been made to owners of wheelchair accessible vehicles who have paid commercial registration costs in error and what was the total cost of these refunds.

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


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