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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 June 1995) . . Page.. 1094 ..


Pollution from Food Outlets - Lake Ginninderra

MS HORODNY: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr De Domenico. What programs does the Government have in place to deal with pollution from fast food outlets around Lake Ginninderra?

MR DE DOMENICO: Do you mean the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and that sort of thing?

Ms Horodny: It is Hungry Jack's, actually.

MR DE DOMENICO: It is Hungry Jack's, is it? There is one out there as well. Okay. I think I answered this question before, Ms Horodny. The removal of waste there, and environmental waste especially, is in the hands of private contractors. The Government, obviously, is going to be ensuring that all those fast food outlets comply with the same rules and regulations as everybody else does. If there is any hint that that has not been done, I would like to know the circumstances, and we will take action.

MS HORODNY: I ask a supplementary question. Does the Minister believe that fast food outlets should be held responsible for the pollution that they create?

MR DE DOMENICO: The Government believes that anybody who creates pollution should be held responsible for the pollution that they create.

Government Service Employees in Tuggeranong

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question without notice is to Mr De Domenico in his capacity as Minister for Urban Services. Mr De Domenico, I am asking a question in relation to the accommodation of ACT Government employees and I refer to the report in the Valley View yesterday about DELP staff currently occupying the Homeworld building in Tuggeranong continuing to occupy that building. Can you confirm that the Bureau of Sport, Recreation and Racing, which until recently was a part of DELP and which is currently located in the Centrepoint building at Tuggeranong, will be moved out of Tuggeranong? Is it intended that other ACT Government staff will replace those who are being moved out? Given that the Land Division is currently co-located with the Planning Authority but, under the new Administrative Arrangements, is going to be in the same policy envelope as the Environment Division in the new Environment and Land Bureau, will the Minister be ensuring that the Land Division moves to Tuggeranong so that it can be co-located with its sister division in the new policy envelope?

MR DE DOMENICO: Thank you, Mr Whitecross, for your questions. Mr Speaker, the Government has announced, and Mr Whitecross should be aware of it, that the lease at Homeworld is there until, I think, the year 2000 or 2001. The Government has said already that the people in Homeworld will continue to be there, or the Government will continue to take on that lease until it expires, unless, quite obviously, other people are prepared to take it on, at which time the Government would look at relocating its force.


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