Page 1275 - Week 04 - Thursday, 5 May 2022

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DR PATERSON: Minister, what is the difference between the Multicultural Ambassadors and Multicultural Awards programs, and how can the community get involved?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Dr Paterson for the question. Multicultural Ambassadors are those who support Canberra’s international engagement strategy, using their links and their networks to promote the business and investment opportunities available across Canberra and the ACT region to current and emerging international markets. The ACT government is currently looking for people to fill two ambassador roles, for a term of up to three years. People with strong knowledge of and links to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand or South Korea are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Tuesday, 17 May.

Our annual Multicultural Awards recognise and celebrate the significant achievements and contributions of local individuals and organisations who have helped to create a thriving, welcoming and inclusive multicultural community. The four award categories are: Multicultural Individual Champion, Community Organisation (Multicultural Champion), Outstanding Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion and the Multicultural Art, Media or Culture Award. Applications for those awards close on 31 May. I am pleased that the winners will be announced at the ACT Multicultural Awards on Tuesday, 19 July, including the appointees to the Multicultural Ambassadors program. Thank you.

Waste—Gungahlin recycling drop-off centre

MR MILLIGAN: Madam Speaker, my question is to the minister for city services. Minister Steel, your government wants us to be savvy recyclers, but have you seen the state of the Gungahlin recycling depot? Rubbish was left outside the main gate as it was too full, and access to the facility was blocked and broken. Minister, how often does this facility get emptied?

MR STEEL: I will take that question on notice.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, how often is maintenance carried out in these facilities?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. We do have a contract to manage those facilities. I will come back to the member on the detail of that question when I can.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, how do you expect people to recycle and do the right thing when these facilities are overflowing and are not properly maintained?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I will be responding to the previous questions, which will answer her supplementary.

Parking—mobile phone application

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation. Minister, why does it cost Canberrans more to pay digitally for their parking via the easy pay app than to pay at a pay parking machine and for the same amount of time?

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