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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2804 ..


To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that improvements to the Tuggeranong Town Centre are required, as in line with the Tuggeranong Masterplan, with special focus on the laneway between Anketell St and the lake. Chief among the needed work is the removal of the out-dated and dilapidated gazebo, which is both a hub for anti-social activity and an eyesore; impacting the amenity for Tuggeranong residents and business owners.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to focus on progressing the elements of the Tuggeranong Town Centre Masterplan between Anketell St and the lake, including by removing the gazebo.

Charnwood group centre recycling bins—petition 16-18

By Mrs Kikkert, from 207 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that, although there are currently nine public rubbish bins provided to users of the Charnwood Group Centre, no public recycling option exists at these shops.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to urge the ACT Government to provide a recycling bin (or bins) at the Charnwood Group Centre to help stop recyclable items being disposed of in rubbish bins and ending up in landfills.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (10.19), by leave: I have presented a petition signed by 207 Canberra residents calling on this Assembly to urge the ACT government to provide a recycling bin or, even better, recycling bins at the Charnwood group centre. There are currently nine public rubbish bins provided to users of this shopping centre, yet there are currently no public recycling options at the Charnwood shops.

This is not an oversight, however. The ACT government acknowledged in March this year that there are no recycling options at any local shops and no plans to provide any in the future. This approach does not line up very well with the words that we so often hear from this government and from those opposite. The current ACT waste management strategy, for example, clearly states that the ACT government will establish public place recycling.

The goal, as this Assembly was reminded by Minister Fitzharris only three months ago, is to have a target of 90 per cent of waste being diverted from landfill by 2025. The resource recovery rate in the ACT has, however, been stalled at 70 per cent for


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