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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . .

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much the residents of Weston Creek and Kambah for being so diligent with green waste and also the service providers for doing such a good job in educating the community. I am sure the low contamination rates will continue in Tuggeranong along with residents ensuring they place their garden organic waste in their green waste bins.

Access to a green waste bin will save families time and money while also having a number of environmental benefits. The new bins can help divert some of the 5,000 tonnes of garden waste going to landfill each year. Waste collected from green bins will be processed, recycled and made available through commercial providers. Garden waste that is sent to landfill can generate methane greenhouse gases as it decomposes underground. The impact of methane is considered more than 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

Education—enrolment projections

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister, in respect of school enrolment projections you are quoted in the Canberra Times of 13 February 2018, yesterday, as saying:

You can project as far as you can but sometimes human behaviour can be a bit fickle, so you do as much planning as you can to take into account what you think's going to happen then you have to make adjustments along the way ...

Minister, given consistent increases in enrolment numbers in Gungahlin schools, why did you or your directorate not plan for additional permanent classrooms?

MS BERRY: The ACT government has made commitments on expanding schools in Gungahlin. Four of those schools were included in that commitment. Three of those schools' expansions have been completed and one is on its way to completion. What I said and what I was quoted as saying in the Canberra Times is true: you plan as much as you can for increased growth within different areas of the city.

But if the opposition is taking a view that the government should not be investing in areas of growth in the ACT, like in the north of Canberra and in Belconnen, then I would be happy to see their discussion paper on that.

MS LEE: Minister, what role does the twice-yearly school enrolment data play in your projections?

MS BERRY: Of course it plays a role, as with any planning that the ACT government takes around school capacity across the city. The data that is taken into account includes the census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, planning, building work that is happening, people moving into different areas and, of course, school capacity data as well.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, how is "fickle human behaviour" having an effect coincidentally across every school in Gungahlin?


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