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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, is putrescible waste responsible for the smell?

MS FITZHARRIS: No, not as far as we are currently aware.

Environment—Mugga Lane tip

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Transport and Municipal Services. Minister, according to the ACT government's ACT NOWaste Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre communication and consultation report, published in December 2012, the Mugga Lane tip is the only active landfill site for putrescible waste in the ACT. Minister, what is included in this definition of putrescible waste that applies within the territory?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Wall for the question. I understand that the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre is a low putrescible waste facility. I will come back to the chamber in relation to the specific definition of that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, do other states and territories include green waste in their definition of putrescible waste? If included, would the ACT's putrescible waste levels be as high as or higher than other states and territories?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, is the fact that your directorate is directly handling the issue of the foul smell in Tuggeranong because you have identified that the smell is caused by the Mugga Lane tip?

MS FITZHARRIS: I refer to my earlier answer: no, it has not been identified that the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre is responsible for the odour. I have indicated that I am responsible for coordinating this work across government.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, can you guarantee that Tuggeranong residents will not have to put up with the smell next summer, the year after that and the year after that—forever?

MS FITZHARRIS: I can guarantee that we are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of this issue. As has been raised in the chamber before, this is a different issue from that experienced over the 2014-15 summer. We will continue to work hard to get to the bottom of this.


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