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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 May 1995) . . Page.. 323 ..


service for commercial properties. My department is actively encouraging the establishment of such a service. The domestic kerbside recycling collection undertaken under contract by BFI is an initiative of the Government to reduce the volumes of household waste going to landfill for dispersal. A reduction of over 20 per cent in household garbage has been achieved since December 1994.

Bus Fares from Bruce Stadium

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, on Thursday, 4 May, Mr Berry asked the Chief Minister, in my absence, about a discrepancy in ACTION bus fares to and from Belconnen interchange and the Canberra Raiders v. Brisbane Broncos game on Friday, 28 April 1995. Passengers travelling to the game were charged $2 and $1 and those returning to Belconnen interchange after the game were charged $3 and $1.50 respectively. Even though ACTION had scheduled extra buses for the anticipated large crowd at Bruce Stadium for the Canberra Raiders v. Brisbane Broncos game on Friday, 28 April, and made allowance for the fact that there was a concert at the adjacent indoor facility, patronage still exceeded the planned capacity, especially on the return journey. In an effort to best utilise the available buses and even out the passenger loads, ACTION supervisors on duty at Bruce Stadium diverted some buses from their scheduled trips. Unfortunately, this resulted in one driver charging the fare that had been set for his original Woden-Mawson trip, even though he had been redirected to the Belconnen interchange. The price increase was isolated to one bus. It is a matter of regret that passengers were overcharged as a result of the inadvertent mistake and ACTION does apologise for any inconvenience suffered. It was not imposed with the prior knowledge of those responsible for setting fares within ACTION. ACTION also wishes to assure all passengers that its policy is to charge the same fare in each direction for all journeys.

Aircraft Noise

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, on 4 May, the Chief Minister took on notice a question from Mr Moore concerning noise pollution from aircraft noise. The area falls within my portfolio and therefore I can provide an answer now. Mr Moore sought information about action taken to ensure that outgoing flights taken by commercial, Air Force and private aircraft are compelled to reach the required height before making turns towards Adelaide and Melbourne, thus reducing noise pollution for residents in North Canberra.

In response to this question, I am happy to provide the following information: Like the other States and the Northern Territory, the ACT does not have direct control of aircraft movements over its territory. Furthermore, aircraft noise is specifically excluded from the provisions of the ACT Noise Control Act 1988. Perhaps that is unfortunate, Mr Speaker, for those of us who were at the War Memorial yesterday when the FA-18s


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