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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3599 ..

Waste—illegal dumping (Question No 1590)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

(1) Has the government land along Warragamba Avenue in Duffy been cleared of all rubbish illegally dumped.

(2) How long is the standard waiting period from notification of illegal dumping to clean up of the site.

(3) Can the Minister provide an update on how the littering and illegal dumping working group recently established by Transport and City Services is tracking and if the government doing extra work to address these issues.

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

(1) Illegally dumped rubbish is programmed for removal as it is identified or reported. In the case of the area along Warragamba Avenue in Duffy, TCCS faces an ongoing challenge to keep the area free of illegally dumped rubbish because more material is often dumped after the area is cleaned up.

(2) Typically illegally dumped material is removed within 7 days of being identified or reported.

(3) The working group is looking at a number of options to address the issue of illegal dumping and are actively collecting information on dumping patterns and sites to inform preventative and compliance activities. For example, this information will inform the installation of additional surveillance cameras and warning signage. There is increased collaboration with other Directorates with a role in managing illegal dumping, such as the Environment Protection Authority. Changes to the Litter Act 2004 have been made recently to provide for improved enforcement action. Other waste management initiatives being rolled out or in the planning stages are also expected to reduce the prevalence of dumping, such as the Container Deposit Scheme, the expansion of the green waste collection scheme and a bulky waste pick up service.

Transport—social inclusion (Question No 1591)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, upon notice, on 3 August 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Transport and City Services):

(1) How have the impacts of reduced local public transport services on social inclusion for those people in Canberra who cannot easily walk to a bus stop been evaluated in relation to proposed changes to bus services known as Network 19.

(2) What actions are proposed to ameliorate the reduction of local bus services on social inclusion for isolated members of our community.

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