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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . .

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That resident goes on to say:

That TAMS simply says, 'well, it is going to smell for a while' is not good enough. And their excuses for taking twice as long as planned to complete the planned work are laughable.

Another resident says:

This year our summer has been ruined by the disgusting smell coming from the Mugga Lane tip. Instead of opening our windows and doors and enjoying the pleasant summer climate we have, on a number of days, been forced to close windows and shut doors and turn the air conditioner on. As retirees this is an added financial burden for us.

To put it simply, residents of Tuggeranong have had to endure horrendous smells over the summer months. The things we often take for granted, like hanging our washing on the clothesline to dry or utilising a cool breeze in the evening to cool the house after a hot summer's day, have been hijacked by this abhorrent smell. The delight of an evening barbecue or a quiet night sitting outside on the deck, rightly enjoyed by many Canberrans in the warmer months, has been stolen from these residents over this summer.

Let me say this: overwhelmingly the people of Tuggeranong, particularly in these suburbs, are feeling like second-class citizens. They are feeling neglected and ignored by ACT Labor and the lone representative of the ACT Greens on this issue. To finish, I quote from a Fadden resident:

We feel that the ACT government has been negligent in not providing a safe living environment and they may be open to action from residents for the negligence in the event of health problems.

Only partly in jest, we thought that because the smell was so bad it might be coming from the silly and expensive light rail project that we will not get any benefit from but will be expected to pay exorbitant amounts for.

Residents of Tuggeranong deserve better, and I am here to make sure that this happens.

Professor Michael Raupach

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (6.11): This week Australia lost one of its passionate advocates for action on climate change—ANU researcher Professor Michael Raupach, the eminent climate scientist and climate change communicator, who passed away on Tuesday. Professor Raupach will be sadly missed for the contribution he made to climate science, for his pertinent commentary on climate change and, by those who knew him well, for his kindness and his dignity. He was greatly liked and respected by his colleagues in the scientific community, who have described him as an exceptional scientist, an exemplary person and a brilliant scientist, a great mentor and a generous man in every way.


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