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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 May 2021) . . Page.. 1365 ..

When I released the transport strategy in August last year, we committed to further investment in active travel and public transport and to rebalancing investment towards those areas to make sure that we can encourage more people to walk and cycle in our community. We have those commitments. We are getting on early in the term of our government and delivering them. That is on top of the $9 million that we invested last year in upgrades to footpaths and shared paths across Canberra.

Planning—green waste

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. The development of Ginninderry will eventually necessitate the relocation of the Canberra Sand and Gravel green waste centre. In answer to a question about the eventual relocation, the minister said that a longer term solution for green waste disposal in Belconnen and north Canberra was being investigated. The minister also stated that the government has had no consultation with CSG about the possible relocation options. I note that my question is not about the Ginninderry development, it is not about how the development will be gas free, it is not about alternative services to dispose of green waste and it is not about the green bin program. Minister, my question is: will the ACT government guarantee that there will continue to be a green waste centre in the west Belconnen area after the relocation, similar to the one currently provided by CSG at the Parkwood site?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. Of course, the ACT government is committed to providing better services for Canberrans and creating a circular economy. That is why our government has rolled out green bin garden waste collection to all households that want it, so every single household in Canberra has the ability to have a green bin and have their garden waste collected from their household.

Mrs Jones: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, please.

Mrs Jones: It is on relevance, Madam Speaker. I understand it is early in the answer, but when the question specifically says that the question is not about green waste bins, even though green waste bins were mentioned, can the minister answer whether he is actually able to guarantee that there will continue to be a green waste centre at west Belconnen?

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister’s answer is in order, and you jumped on a point of order within 15 seconds of the minister’s response.

MR STEEL: Madam Speaker, I know the words “green bin” upset them, because they fought against them every step of the way. But we are committed to providing those options to people—a range of different options at the household level and at drop-off points across the territory. Of course, we already have drop-off points at—

Mr Hanson: A point of order.

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