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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4050 ..


engagement phase of the Better Suburbs deliberative democracy initiative. The community-authored Better Suburbs Statement was made publicly available in September 2018. This statement will assist in guiding future decision-making.

Currently, public recycling bins are provided in the Canberra City area (Civic) and Braddon. Privately operated recycling bins are also provided by many business and in some privately owned shopping centres. Although no recycling bins are scheduled to be placed at the Charnwood Shops, the request for recycling bins at this location has been noted. The ACT Government has committed to install more recycling bins across the city to increase recycling rates and improve the amenity and health of our waterways, although this rollout has not yet commenced. In the meantime, members of the public are encouraged to take their recyclable waste home and utilise the fortnightly kerbside recycling service.

The ACT Government is very conscious of the need to reduce landfill waste and has this year established a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in the ACT. This scheme is expected to significantly reduce the number of recyclable drink containers that are left in public spaces or deposited into general waste or recycling bins.

More information about the Better Suburbs Citizens Forum and the topics covered can be accessed at https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/BetterSuburbs, while details about the CDS including drop off points can be found on the TCCS website.

Thank you for bringing this petition to my attention. I trust that the information I have provided is of assistance.

Phillip precinct code—petitions 12-18 and 20-18

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.27), by leave: I want to talk briefly about the petition on Woden. It is a great outpouring of people power, with the people having their say on developments in their community. Those of you who are not Woden residents will not know particularly what I am talking about—the proposed very large building at the Woden Tradies site, now owned by Geocon and known as WOVA. It would overshadow Bellerive, which is a retirement community that is east-west facing, so the majority of people living there only get three hours of sun now. It is a retirement community, so these people spend a lot of their daylight hours at home. The proposed development was going to severely impact the sun to those residents.

As the Clerk has just reported, there has been a petition with over 500 signatures on this subject. I can also report—as the Clerk was, of course, not able to report—that I am sure it is partially as a result of the petition and the accompanying movement from the people that the plans for the WOVA development have been amended. While I know not everybody is 100 per cent happy, I also know the community as a whole is much happier with the amended plans than they were with the previous plans. This is an example of where our system had some issues with it but it has in fact produced a better result than would otherwise have happened.


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