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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3717..


Aussie Junk

(Question No 988)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 24 June 2010:

(1) How were the assets of Aussie Junk at the Mitchell and Mugga sites dealt with after Aussie Junk was evicted.

(2) Were the assets referred to in part (1) liquidated.

(3) Who ultimately retained ownership of the assets referred to in part (1) and what has been done with them.

(4) How much money has the Government spent on the Mitchell and Mugga resusables sites since Aussie Junk was evicted and can the Minister detail what any money spent was used for at each site.

(5) How was paint waste dealt with at the Mugga Lane and Mitchell sites prior to the awarding of the Chemsal contract in March 2009.

(6) Is the amount of paint waste currently weighed and recorded, and was it also weighed and recorded prior to the Chemsal contract.

(7) What was the amount of paint disposed of at Mugga Lane and Mitchell in each of the last five years.

(8) Does the ACT Government have a copy of written authority from ACT No Waste allowing Aussie Junk to operate as a subcontractor to Thiess services at Mitchell, as it did before being evicted from the reusables site in 2009, and can the Minister provide a copy of this document.

(9) Does the ACT Government have a copy of the contract between Thiess and Aussie Junk for the operation of the reusables site at Mitchell; if so, can the Minister provide a copy of this document.

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

(1, 2 & 3) The Territory, through the Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS), has a contract with Thiess Services that includes management of the reusables facility at Mitchell. Aussie Junk Pty Ltd (Aussie Junk) provided services to Thiess Services Pty Ltd (Thiess Services) under sub-contract to manage that facility. The Territory also had a direct contract with Aussie Junk that included the management of the reusables facility at Mugga Lane.

On 30 July 2009, Aussie Junk was placed into liquidation. Following this, the Territory and Thiess Services independently terminated contracts with Aussie Junk. From 30 July 2009 Aussie Junk was no longer operating either reusables facility. Thiess Services continued to operate the Mitchell facility. An interim arrangement at the Mugga Lane facility ensured the continued acceptance of second-hand goods of saleable quality.

A liquidation involves realising the company's assets, distributing the proceeds of realisation among creditors and distributing any surplus among shareholders. In the


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