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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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from the landfill are associated with works being undertaken by ACT NOWaste as a one-off project and are not associated with the day-to-day operation of the landfill, which is authorised by the EPA. The recent ACT NOWaste project has raised a number of issues regarding the operational control of the site and the EPA is working closely with TAMS to resolve any outstanding issues.

In respect of the third question about the number of re-profiling works undertaken by NOWaste, this work is outside the normal day-to-day operation and scope of the landfill. To reduce the impacts of the re-profiling works, undertakings were given to the EPA to continue to operate odour suppression measures for the duration of the re-profiling works. A key component in reducing the odour impact on the community of this one-off work was a commitment to reduce the duration that the landfill cell was open. This was subsequently impacted upon due to inclement weather, which Minister Rattenbury highlighted yesterday.

Territory and municipal services—playground maintenance

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (3.27): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of local suburban playgrounds to children, families and the broader community;

(b) that they are a core municipal service and maintenance and renewal is paramount;

(c) that they promote an active lifestyle for children and adults and contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of the community; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) publish a meaningful maintenance schedule, along with a renewal plan and the list of playgrounds intended to be removed across the city; and

(b) conduct genuine and meaningful community consultation for each playground that is scheduled for maintenance, an upgrade or identified for removal.

This is not the first time I have come into this place to talk about the value and importance of local playgrounds for children, families, carers, grandparents and the community as a whole. Community playgrounds contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of many families across Canberra. The reason I have brought on this motion today is that I am quite concerned about how playgrounds in Canberra are being viewed by this minister and what the future may hold for them.

Only a few short weeks ago the residents of Narrabundah were surprised to find that an ACT government notice had been posted on a beloved local playground at Rocky


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