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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 1966 ..

(1) Abandoned shopping trolleys in the ACT are primarily managed by the supermarkets themselves who have engaged trolley collectors to patrol the areas surrounding supermarkets to recover their trolleys. In addition there is a national organisation, Trolley Tracker, who is contracted by the larger supermarkets whom the public can call to report abandoned trolleys and they will arrange for collection. When this approach fails or is inadequate the Roads and Public Places Act 1937 provides a Roads and Public Places Officer with powers to seize an abandoned trolley and remove it the Territory Impound Yard should it create a hazard. In circumstances where the abandoned trolley does not meet the hazard or restriction of movement criterion, a Roads and Public Places Officer may only give the owner of the abandoned trolley a direction in writing to remove the trolley from the public place within 7 days of the written direction.

The Government has separately developed a proposal to legislate in this area which will be discussed with your office shortly.

(2) City Rangers do not have records of trolleys collected in the years 2005 until 2010. The ranger’s remove trolleys to the Territory Impound Yard where they are later sent for recycling. No trolleys have been claimed by an owner under the provisions of the Uncollected Goods Act 1996 thus not generating a financial or numeric record.

(3) Shopping trolleys collected by the Territory are primarily collected by personnel during their rostered hours of duty. The Territory does not maintain an individual accounting process associated with the collection of abandoned shopping trolleys.

(4) Roads and Public Places Act 1937, the Uncollected Goods Act 1996 and the Litter Act 2004.

(5) The Litter Act is the only Act with provisions that would allow for penalising individuals who take/abandon shopping trolleys. There have been no prosecutions or fines issued for abandoning a shopping trolley issued by the Department of Territory and Municipal Services in the last five years. The issuing of fines for the abandonment of a shopping trolley under current legislation requires a ranger to actually witness the abandonment and then prove the intent of an individual not returning the trolley to its owner.

Government—payment of invoices(Question No 593)

Mr Seselja asked Attorney-General and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

How many invoices were received by each department or agency in the Minister’s portfolio in (a) July, (b) August, (c) September, (d) October, (e) November and (f) December 2009, what was the average value of these invoices and how many of these invoices were fully paid by their due date.

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

• Information associated with the number of invoices received by the Department each month is not available. The response is therefore based on the invoices paid by the Department.

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