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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 May 2021) . . Page.. 1366 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, the minister said in a statement that the Canberra Liberals fought against green bins every step of the way. I believe there was an announcement at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections, so I would ask the minister to correct the record or withdraw, so that he is not subject to misleading the Assembly, which he clearly has in this case.

MADAM SPEAKER: I will not ask the minister to correct the record. I will give him the time he has left.

MR STEEL: As part of the Ginninderry development, we made it clear that the west Belconnen drop-off centre will have to close. The licence expires on 30 June and will not be renewed, due to the need to vacate the land so that site remediation can occur. (Time expired.)

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why has the government not communicated with CSG about the relocation, and when will they start?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I am not sure that we are planning on relocating them. That is a matter for them. If they want to provide services elsewhere, that is fine. We are committed to providing drop-off locations at Mitchell and at the Mugga Lane Resource Recovery Centre, through Corkhill Brothers, for green waste, for people that want to drop it off for free. We are undertaking a review of waste facilities and future provision for the north side of Canberra, which is ongoing. It is not a piece of work that has been finalised. It will look at the further provision of drop-off facilities not only for green waste but for other services in the future. I remind the opposition again that we provided access for every household to garden organics collection, and we look forward to extending that to food organic collection in the future.

MR CAIN: Minister, despite the rather disappointing answer to Mrs Kikkert’s question—

MADAM SPEAKER: Go straight to the question.

MR CAIN: will the government consult with west Belconnen’s residents and businesses on the relocation of the Parkwood green waste centre?

MR STEEL: We have been very clear and upfront that this would close by the middle of the year. This is not a site that will be ongoing. It is part of the broader development of the Ginninderry area, including the rehabilitation of the west Belconnen landfill, so that these areas can be turned into fantastic recreational spaces for the residents of west Belconnen and for the new residents of Ginninderry as well. This is something that we need to do for the long-term benefit of our city and the growth of our city, to ensure that we have access to those fantastic green spaces and to affordable housing in the area. Many places across Canberra will still be available to drop off green waste. But we will also collect it from your house.

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