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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2021) . . Page.. 474 ..


businesses. I did it earlier, in response to several questions from my own colleagues. So I refer the member to my previous answer. In relation to ChooseCBR, we have had feedback and we have been listening. We will be updating the scheme, and I look forward to having more to say about that in the coming months, when $2 million of it is rolled out.

MS CASTLEY: Was a review of the ChooseCBR trial done? If so, what did it find and when will we get to see that information?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Ms Castley for the question. I do not think I thanked her earlier. Yes, there is a review underway in the directorate at the moment. It is not a formal review. I do not expect that there will be something that will be published. But we have been taking advice from businesses that have reached out to us and some businesses to which we have reached out. A survey was conducted towards the end of last year. We have heard from peak bodies like the Canberra Business Chamber.

One example of things that I would like to see done differently is better visual cues. While we made changes to the website that helped to improve it, including adding a map, there were perhaps improvements that we could have had at some of the shopfronts for people, if they were going from shop to shop, so that they would have known that they could use their discounts at an available shop. That is certainly something that we will be doing differently with the further rollout.

MR CAIN: Minister, given that $2 million has been allocated to the scheme, which will continue this year, what will change so that it actually helps small business?

MS CHEYNE: I do not quite agree with the entire premise of the question. I think that $310,000 of government expenditure that had a 6.3 multiplier effect did help businesses. We also extended the scheme until Christmas Eve, and I think we had, overall, a pretty good response from businesses and from take-up: 336 businesses participated in the scheme. We will be looking to increase that amount. I refer the member to some of my previous responses about how we will be improving the scheme to see greater take-up from businesses and consumers.

Waste—bulky waste collection

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Can you outline what the fast-track of the bulky waste service rollout will mean for Canberrans?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Orr for her question. I was very pleased to announce last week that the bulky waste collection service will be fast-tracked to all Canberra suburbs by July this year. This follows on from the successful trial of the service in both Gungahlin and Tuggeranong, which commenced on 1 July 2020. Our government is getting on with the job of delivering the bulky waste collection service to the whole of Canberra, doing what we said we would do at the election.

Last week I joined my colleague Minister Cheyne in the suburb of Macquarie, along with local residents Michael and Jacinta, who were very excited to see the service


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