Page 749 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 5 April 2022

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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Development Act—variation No 381 to the Territory Plan

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (2.58): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval—Variation to the Territory Plan 381—Local Centre shop size.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Waste—food and garden organics

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (2.58): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) Canberrans are supportive of recycling, reducing waste to landfill, and cutting emissions;

(b) some families have large amounts of waste, such as bigger families, people with disabilities, those with additional medical needs, and multi-generational families;

(c) at the time of promising a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) collection, Canberrans were not advised that this would mean a reduction in their general waste collection services or a charge for an additional or larger bin;

(d) some Canberra families already have their own composting and recycling practices in place yet still have rubbish to be collected;

(e) Canberrans pay excessive rates with the basic expectation that their rubbish will be collected;

(f) residents in some Tuggeranong suburbs are concerned about the odour from a new organic waste facility;

(g) commitment to organic waste recycling has seen very low contamination rates so far during the pilot;

(h) there is no scheme to incentivise or encourage the use of recyclable nappies in the ACT, despite single-use nappies being a key concern for FOGO participants; and

(i) the Labor-Greens Government has no online mechanism for residents to provide feedback on the FOGO pilot; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue weekly rubbish pickups for Canberrans unless they opt out of weekly pickups;

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