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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3175 ..


Municipal services—shopping trolleys (Question No 1490)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 11 May 2018:

(1) Has a review been undertaken to review abandoned shopping trolleys in the ACT.

(2) How many trolleys were impounded by the ACT Government during the "two-week blitz" on shopping centre trolleys in February 2017.

(3) How many trolleys were impounded (a) in the 12 months after the blitz and (b) for each 12 month period for the 10 years prior to the blitz.

(4) How does the ACT Government's decision to encourage supermarkets to have coin-lock trolley control issue comply with the Government's priority to reduce regulatory burden.

(5) Have city rangers received any instructions of KPI's in regards to abandoned shopping trolleys.

(6) How many fines were issued and how much money was received from these fines in the 12 months (a) after and (b) prior to the blitz.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No.

(2) One.

(3) (a) From February 2017 until January 2018 four shopping trolleys were impounded. (b) Between February 2016 and January 2017 fourteen shopping trolleys were impounded.

The number of shopping trolleys impounded by financial year is as follows:

* 2017-2018 0 * 2016-2017 17 * 2015-2016 177 * 2014-2015 326 * 2013-2014 315 * 2012-2013 288 * 2011-2012 25 * 2010-2011 0

Legislation regulating shopping trolleys commenced in 2011 and there is no impoundment data prior to this time.

(4) The Litter Act requires retailers to operate and maintain a trolley containment system at their retail premises to discourage abandonment of trolleys outside shopping precincts. The implementation of a coin-lock system by major retailers in the ACT is one containment option. Other options available include electronic wheel locking


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