Page 2118 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2022

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The New South Wales government plan says these facilities are unsafe for Sydney—reporting some common air pollutants—and says there is no safe threshold of impact. It cites research concluding that contamination of food and ingestion of pollutants is a significant risk pathway for nearby and distant residents. Emissions modelling has demonstrated that pollutants could spread throughout ACT and surrounds.

The petition states that the proposed incinerator jeopardises moves to protect Canberrans from climate change and to ensure that everyone can access clean air, clean water, healthy food and nature.

The 919 petitioners have asked the Assembly: to publicly oppose this proposal; to ban ACT waste from being used as a feedstock in it; to call on the ACT government to liaise with New South Wales government counterparts to make sure the ACT opposition is heard; to call on the ACT government to lodge a submission to oppose the proposal; and to call on the ACT government to conduct an awareness campaign to make sure Canberrans are informed and know how to have their say on this proposal.

Environment—Bluetts Block-Piney Ridge—petition 11-22

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.00): Lastly, I would like to speak briefly on the petition sponsored by my colleague Dr Marisa Paterson on the protection of Bluetts Block-Piney Ridge. This is close to our hearts in the Greens. Minister Rebecca Vassarotti and I have both been out to see Bluetts Block. We have both spoken in here repeatedly about the need for sound environmental studies on the western edge, and we have worked really hard to make sure there is greater information in the public domain about Bluetts Block and the whole of the western edge.

This petition requests the Assembly to call on the ACT government to ensure there are full ecological assessments done on these blocks before any decisions are made about development. It also seeks a declaration of a nature reserve, where appropriate, after these assessments have been done.

I would like to support this petition and ensure that these calls extend to all of the blocks named in the petition and for all environmentally significant areas in the western edge. I am pleased to see the voice of democracy in here in so many petitions that we have before us today.

Schools—maintenance—petitions 15-22 and 21-22

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (11.01): I am pleased to table the petition I have sponsored on behalf of the Lyneham Primary School P&C and the more than 500 concerned Canberrans who support it. The petitioners are rightfully very concerned about the state of their school buildings.

Every child in the ACT has a right to a comfortable and safe environment at school. The ACT government knows that there are a number of older schools that do have serious building quality issues, particularly those older schools concentrated in our booming inner north. Therefore, the petitioners’ requests are reasonable and sensible.

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