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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Ministerial responses

The following responses to petitions have been lodged:

Moncrieff—sludge pit—petition 49-21

By Mr Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated Monday, 2 May 2022, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Braddock on Thursday, 10 February 2022 requesting the removal of the Moncrieff drying pit.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter regarding petition 49-21 regarding the Moncrieff drying pad, lodged by Mr Andrew Braddock MLA. The petition seeks for Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) to:

1. Temporarily effectively encase the pit so it contains the rubbish dumped into it; and

2. Commission the removal of the pit to an area that is away from residential areas and closer to the landfill.

Material collected and removed from the ACT stormwater network is deposited at approved drying sites like the Moncrieff Drying Pad, and then transported to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre.

The ACT Government uses the Moncrieff Drying Pad area to dry out waste material collected from a series of Gross Pollutant Traps from across the northern suburbs in the ACT. This site contains a drying pad to dry out wet waste, and a Gross Pollutant Trap to collect rubbish and debris from the nearby stormwater system. It is necessary to have a specialised area to dry wet waste at this site to comply with environmental protection requirements before this waste is transported to the Mugga Lane Resource facility.

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