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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 3973 ..


Gungahlin Common Ground, received generous support and contributions across Canberra to give tenants the best start in their new homes. More information on how businesses and builders can get involved will be outlined later this year.

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order. Minister, resume your seat.

Mr Coe: As important as this is, perhaps the minister could be directly relevant to the question, or be more relevant, by saying what would assist those in the proposed Common Ground to be adjacent to them in the other government-owned blocks.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. She said at the very beginning that she would take the specifics of the question on notice. She was referring to the policy area of Common Ground.

MS BERRY: Over the next eight weeks, Housing ACT will be out in the community to talk in more detail about Common Ground Dickson, with concept designs and how to get involved. More details are currently available on the your say website.

I hope to see greater interest from businesses and the community in the development of Canberra’s second Common Ground. I have seen the impact that the Common Ground model has had on residents and the success achieved by tenants over the long term. The ACT government is delivering on its election commitment to build a second Common Ground, in Dickson. I cannot wait for construction to begin next year.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR: Madam Speaker, it has occurred to me that I neglected at the beginning of question time to observe that Minister Stephen-Smith is absent. I understand that that was well known, but I apologise. I will take questions in her portfolios.

Questions without notice

Municipal services—littering

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for City Services. When was the decision made to remove the option to report littering or illegal dumping from the fix my street online portal, and why did the government make this decision?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I am happy to come back to her with some information. I believe it is still possible to report that type of activity. I will provide some information to the Assembly about that.

MS LAWDER: Minister, has the rate of littering or illegal dumping reporting decreased since the online reporting option was removed and, if so, by what margin or level has the rate of reporting decreased?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Lawder for her very detailed question. I will come back with the specifics. But, more generally speaking, we have been out there very visibly in the


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