Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 October 2022) . . Page.. 2845 ..
park”, “water bubbler” et cetera, “bins” was the fourth most mentioned item—more bins. Your designs contain no mention of more bins and, at the Tuggeranong Community Council meeting last week, we were told that there would be no additional bins. Why is this the case?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. Certainly, we have been consulting with the community about what they would like to see as part of upgrades and delivering on our commitment to upgrade Lake Tuggeranong foreshore. I appreciate that you are supportive of more bins. We will certainly consider that. We have actually funded a program of more bins in the city in this term, which is something that, again, our government committed to in the election, and you did not. We will continue to deliver better waste facilities. We will also make sure that we deliver on our commitments to upgrade the foreshore. We have been consulting with the community. We will take into account that feedback as we finalise the designs and then move into the construction period, which we expect will take place next year.
MS LAWDER: Minister, a local business owner has previously written to you and offered to pay to install and maintain additional bins in the foreshore area. Why did you refuse?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. It is a government responsibility to provide bins. We have been talking to businesses in Tuggeranong, including some of the takeaway businesses on the foreshore, about how we can make sure that we reduce the amount of littering around the bins that are available down at the foreshore. Unfortunately, we do see quite a significant amount of litter from those takeaway restaurants that look over the foreshore. I know that it is an issue that Ms Cheyne has raised with me in Belconnen as well, down at Emu Bank. Again, we will look at how we can apply that same approach of engaging with business to try and reduce that littering and make sure people actually use the bins that are available. It is a conversation that we will continue to have with business. Ultimately, it is the government that will provide those bins and the collection of rubbish from them.
MR DAVIS: Minister, can you assure the Assembly that the government will procure birdproof bins like the ones used by some South Coast regional towns? Because that seems to be the main culprit regarding the litter problem in Tuggeranong.
MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. While we are not in a procurement stage for any bins at this point, we will certainly consider any feedback about design of bins. There are plenty of different designs. Of course, we try and make sure that we have bin shrouds in place for many of the bins in the town centre areas, and we will continue to make sure that the design meets the structural standards to ensure that they can be used as appropriate. Of course, businesses themselves can put in place their own bins within their own premises for their patrons to use, and encourage them to do the right thing when they step outside those premises.
ACT Emergency Services Agency—Belconnen supercell storm
MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, the inquiry into the west Belconnen supercell thunderstorm revealed the shortcomings of the territory’s disaster preparedness and response. One issue was that