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(1) Once the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) facility is completed, will the Government operate the facility themselves or will the operation of the facility be contracted out to a private organisation.

(2) How will the operator of the facility keep the soil sold from the facility affordable, especially given that the soil that will be sold is only made possible by the public giving their organic waste for free.

(3) Will the ACT Government be contributing any funds to the construction of the FOGO facility in addition to the $13 million contribution from the Commonwealth; if so, how much will the ACT Government be contributing.

(4) How much longer will the trial of FOGO in Belconnen last.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Territory’s intention is to procure the infrastructure and services through a single design, construct, operate and maintain (DCOM) contract.

(2) It’s important to note that the material recovered through the FOGO processing comes from food and organic waste that would otherwise have been sent to landfill. The beneficial reuse of the compost generated will be a key element to the operation of the facility. The commercial and marketing model for the final organic product will be addressed through the procurement process.

(3) Yes, the ACT Government will contribute to the development of the FOGO facility. The Territory’s investment in this project is subject to the contractual delivery model and completion of the procurement process.

(4) The FOGO pilot is currently funded to October 2023.

Waste—bulky waste collection
(Question No 923)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 September 2022:

(1) How many bulky waste collection requests have been (a) made and (b) completed, each month since July 2021 to present.

(2) Is the bulky waste collection completed by government or a private company.

(3) If the bulky waste collection is completed by (a) a private company or (b) government could the Minister specify, (i) what the cost of the contract/service is, (ii) the duration of the contract/service and (iii) the term of the contract/service, eg, is the company paid to complete a certain amount of collections per week/month/year, or if other, can the Minister specify.

(4) Are residents able to receive priority for a collection under certain conditions; if so, what are those conditions; if not, why not.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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