Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2264 ..
The bill makes a minor amendment by moving the definition of "personal mobility device" from the act into regulation. This allows flexibility for future regulation of these devices, which include transport modes such as e-scooters. These are an emerging form of personal transportation which I think have great potential in the ACT for offering last-mile solutions, in combination with public transport, as well as displacing short car trips. They can be zero emission when recharged with 100 per cent renewable electricity, which the ACT will have by 2020. I expect to soon announce further work in this space.
I commend this bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.
Litter Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
Mr Steel, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for City Services, Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Roads) (4.33):
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
I am pleased to introduce the Litter Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 to the Assembly today. The bill will support a cleaner Canberra, making the ACT an even better place to live by reducing the amount of litter in our streets, landscapes and waterways. It provides a strong, contemporary and best practice legislative framework for preventing, deterring and responding to littering and illegal dumping in the ACT.
Waste and the cleanliness of our suburbs is an important issue to the people of Canberra. This was made clear through the better suburbs statement 2030, where a citizens forum ranked waste as their third and fourth priorities for our suburbs moving forward, including addressing illegal dumping.
Littering cost the ACT government over $2 million last financial year, resulting from cleaning up litter from our parks and roadsides, and removing and disposing of illegally dumped items. This is a significant cost to both government and the people of the ACT. We know that it is an issue Canberrans care about, as there are more requests being made to Access Canberra about littering and the overall cleanliness and amenity of our suburbs each year. To ensure that we are able to meet the expectations of Canberrans, our regulatory framework needs to be able to respond effectively and efficiently.
We also know that littering and illegal dumping has impacts on the environment and the health of our community. Having clean and unpolluted parks, waterways and