Page 2369 - Week 07 - Thursday, 4 August 2022
Statement by chair
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.25): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services relating to referred petitions.
Petition 49-21, concerning Moncrieff drying pad, was received by the Assembly on 10 February 2022 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A. As signatories to petition 49-21, 508 residents of the ACT requested the Assembly to call upon the government to temporarily effectively encase the pit so that it contains the rubbish dumped into it, and commission removal of the pit to an area that is away from residential areas and closer to the landfill.
The committee notes that, in his response to the petition, the Minister for Transport and City Services said:
TCCS will be installing chain wire fencing around the perimeter of the drying pad including heavy duty shade cloth to contain the dry material. TCCS have also developed a planting design for new trees around the pad site to improve its aesthetics and are coordinating with the Ginninderra Catchment Group to deliver this. TCCS is regularly monitoring and maintaining the site and removing material, and are also planning to incorporate small, scented plants to assist with odour control.
The Minister further noted:
TCCS has developed suitable containment, treatment and aesthetic improvements to the Gross Pollutant Trap as a permanent solution.
At present there are no plans to remove this trap, nor move the drying pad closer to the Mugga Lane landfill. This is because there is a shortage of viable alternative locations which can accommodate this drying infrastructure at necessary and strategic points in Canberra’s waterways.
In light of the minister’s commitments, the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 49-21.
Statement by chair
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.27): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services relating to referred petitions.
Petitions 26-21 and 43-21 concerning lighting of the Waramanga playing fields were received by the Assembly on 9 November 2021 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A. As signatories to petitions 26-21 and 43-21, 555 residents of the ACT requested the Assembly to call upon the ACT government to install an LED lighting system on the two irrigated fields at the bottom of Waramanga—between Arawang primary and Mount Stromlo basketball courts—allocate sufficient funding