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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1715 ..

will continue to look at how we provide the green services going forward, but we have also extended those services. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Cain, do you have a supplementary?

MR CAIN: Minister, why is the Labor-Greens government closing a facility so clearly needed by the community and for which green bins cannot compensate without proposing an acceptable solution now?

MR STEEL: Madam Speaker, we have been very clear, on a longstanding basis, about the closure of this site. The Liberals may have only just picked up on this now, but it has been a longstanding discussion that has been occurring over a long period. At the same time, we have been rolling out extra services for Canberrans. They have the option of providing their garden waste in their 240-litre green waste bin right at their property and it will be collected on a fortnightly basis.

We are looking at how we can extend those services in future. We are currently in that planning stage now, ahead of the waste contracts being up for procurement in 2023. As well, we are looking at further options to provide drop-off points on the north side as part of the waste review that is underway at the moment. In the interim, people will have to find a new place to drop off their waste at one of the locations in Mitchell that I mentioned, or they can do so for free down at Mugga Lane.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, do you think it is acceptable to expect Belconnen residents to make more than an hour’s round trip to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre to dispose of green waste?

MR STEEL: I think Mrs Kikkert has just ignored the answer that I have just given to the questions. There are, of course, drop-off points on the north side that are currently available—

Mrs Kikkert interjecting—

MR STEEL: and we have provided every single household the opportunity to have a green bin, a 240-litre green bin—

Mrs Kikkert interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Kikkert, that is enough!

MR STEEL: collected from their household on a fortnightly basis, something that you argued against—

Mrs Kikkert interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Kikkert! Mrs Kikkert, you are now warned.

MR STEEL: every single step of the way.

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