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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1170 ..


eligible for appointment. The government’s process has been to seek expressions of interest, and to promote that widely through a range of networks to ensure that we get a diverse range of applicants who are reflective of our broader community.

In relation to specific requirements around technical definitions of employees and/or consumers, ultimately it will need to be a judgement call of cabinet. But I do note that most of the appointment processes also have a reference to a relevant Assembly standing committee. It is generally a multistep process of expression of interest, cabinet receiving a range of potential nominees, cabinet making a determination, then sending that proposed nominee to an Assembly committee for comment before making a final appointment. That tends to be the process, although it is not always the case, depending on the nature of the particular board. Sometimes the decision is made at a ministerial level, with reference to an Assembly committee—at other times not.

Environment—dredging

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. I understand that TCCS is planning to dredge parts of the Fadden Hills pond to remove some of the accumulated sediments as well as some of the reeds. This has an added benefit of further isolating the existing island in the middle of the pond while keeping wildlife on the island safe from predators. The original proposal was to leave the sediment to dry around the pond before transporting it to the tip. This plan has now changed to using an eductor truck to suck up the sediment as this will be much less damaging to the pond and the surrounding area, as well as not reducing the effectiveness of the water quality treatment of the pond, not to mention not leaving a bad smell for several weeks for nearby residents. Minister, what is the government’s policy on using eductor trucks versus other ways of removing the sediment?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I will take that on notice and come back to the Assembly.

MS LAWDER: Minister, where else around Canberra’s waterways has dredged sediment been left to dry around ponds and lakes?

MR STEEL: I thank the member her question. Again, I will take that on notice.

MR PARTON: Minister, what other ponds and waterways have planned dredging coming up in the next 12 months?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. I will take that on notice.

Municipal services—shopping centre upgrades

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, the government website about the Kaleen shops upgrade had a section titled “What we are not looking at”, which stated that this project does not include construction of new public toilets. Curiously, since you were last asked about why toilets would not be built, the website has been changed. That section has been removed. However, your online survey asking people what matters most about the shops upgrade does not


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