Page 64 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 8 February 2022

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means that the storm clean-up is going to take several months. We understand the impact that this work can have on the community, as well as people’s keenness to see their local areas looking neat and tidy again. I want to thank Belconnen residents for their ongoing patience as we work through the extensive amount of work required to clean up after a storm of this size.

DR PATERSON: Minister, how can Belconnen residents report any further issues they identify in their neighbourhoods and keep up to date with the progress of the clean-up?

MR STEEL: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. While we have been out there proactively assessing the work that needs to happen on the ground, talking with residents as well, we are of course grateful for the community’s patience and involvement. That includes those who have put in requests through Fix My Street. Almost 2,000, in fact, have been lodged. They help to make the government aware of issues that need to be looked at. We appreciate the community letting us know where that work needs to happen and we encourage people to continue to report, using the Fix My Street website or by phoning Access Canberra.

If you see a fallen tree on powerlines, please call Evo Energy ACT, and if you see a tree that continues to be unsafe or is damaging property then ACT SES is the best contact, on 132 500. I would like to remind the community that cleaning up debris on private land is the responsibility of the landowner. I encourage anyone in this position to contact an arborist if they need assistance with larger fallen branches or debris, although we know that there is a big call on arborists at the moment.

Government tree maintenance and clean-up crews are hard at work cleaning up our public spaces, so please do not place green waste and other material on your nature strip. Green waste can be dropped off for free at our green waste drop-off centres at the Parkwood Road recycling facility in west Belconnen. If households still have additional waste to dispose of after the additional green waste services provided, they can go there as well.

Despite this difficult start to the year, Canberrans have rallied together like they always do. I want to thank the community for their efforts and support for each other during this very difficult time. I also want to thank and acknowledge all the volunteers and the ACT government teams who are continuing to work hard on the recovery and clean-up effort over the months ahead.

Housing ACT—developments

MR DAVIS: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, our two parties took ambitious policies on housing to the last election, with ACT Labor committing to build 260 new homes and the ACT Greens committing to build 1,000 new social and community homes. But we are adults and we compromised, and our Parliamentary and Governing Agreement will see 400 new homes built. I would like you to talk me through the project management process between when we decide to knock down an ACT Housing property and build new

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