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(e) the opportunities and challenges to boost absorbent hygiene product waste minimisation through incentive programs and other means in the ACT, including the feasibility of community trials for compostable, reusable and cloth nappies;

(f) identifying social impacts for carers created by a change to low-waste solutions;

(g) the opportunities and challenges to encourage compostable absorbent hygiene product research, technology development and industries in the ACT;

(h) identifying short and long-term solutions to the recycling and waste management of absorbent hygiene products, including, but not limited to:

(i) single use vs reusable products;

(ii) options for managing waste as part of planning for the citywide FOGO service;

(iii) impediments to waste management innovation; and

(iv) opportunities and challenges in composting options including local processing;

(i) the strategies to address limitations to collaboration and innovation between absorbent hygiene product management stakeholders;

(j) the effectiveness of policy and regulatory settings of ACT Government to provide an environmentally responsible approach to absorbent hygiene products waste management;

(k) the availability of educational material highlighting the benefits of using sustainable and environmentally-friendly types of absorbent hygiene products; and

(l) any other related matters.

As the Assembly can see, we have a great inquiry planned—very comprehensive.
The committee will report to the Assembly on a date to be determined. The committee will call for public submissions today, with a closing date of 26 September 2022. Thank you.

Urban Forest Bill 2022

Mr Steel, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (11.15): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am proud to introduce the Urban Forest Bill 2022 in the Assembly today. The bill is the result of a comprehensive review of our tree protection laws over several years and the development of an Urban Forest Strategy which was released, following consultation, in March 2021.

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