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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1650 ..


How many (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) others have been fined or prosecuted for illegal waste dumping in the ACT during (i) 2004-05 to date, (ii) 2003-04 and (iii) 2002-03;

How many reports in total of illegal waste dumping in the above categories were made, including those which did not result in prosecutions or fines;

Is there any noticeable correlation between the cost of tip fees and the rates of illegal dumping of waste in the ACT; if so, what is the nature of that trend;

Are charitable organisations in the ACT required to pay for tip fees; if so, why, when often the rubbish for those charities accumulates as the result of inappropriate donations from people who are dumping unusable goods with the charity in order to avoid the cost of tip fees, thus placing the burden of the fees upon the charity.

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

Fines and Prosecutions for Illegal Dumping

2004-05 to date

2003-04

2002-03

Individuals

7

29

57

Companies

1

9

10

Others

N/A

N/A

N/A

Unless a fine is issued, there is no distinction made between private and commercial illegal dumping. Therefore it is not possible to provide a breakdown on the total number of reports of illegal dumping. However for the three years in question the following applies:

2004-05 to date

2003-04

2002-03

Total number of reports of illegal dumping

416

443

559

No.

Charities in the ACT can apply for an exemption from landfill charges on the basis that they are non-profit, they don’t compete directly with private sector business, they do not receive funding from either the Commonwealth or ACT Governments and the waste generated is associated with an established recycling process. I am advised that all charities with clothing bins in the ACT have applied for and received exemptions from landfill fees for unwanted materials left with the charities.


Policing—calls(Question No 297)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 10 March 2005:

How many phone calls have been received to the 131 444 police communications line (a) to date in 2004-05 and (b) 2003-04;


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