Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1801 ..
(1) Further to the answer to question on notice No 167 in which the Minister indicated there was a longer-term solution for green waste services for Belconnen and North Canberra being investigated as part of an analysis of Territory-wide waste infrastructure needs, what are the details of this longer-term solution for green waste services for Belconnen and North Canberra.
(2) Have any alternative sites within (a) Belconnen and (b) North Canberra been identified.
(3) Has this analysis identified any areas outside of Belconnen where a green waste service can be developed; if so, is the Government applying any weighting/criteria/priority scores to any of these areas to help them determine where a future green waste service can be developed; if so, what factors inform these scores.
(4) What are the scores that have been applied to each area where a potential green waste site has been identified.
(5) When will this analysis of Territory-wide waste infrastructure be complete and when did this analysis commence.
(6) Is there a fixed government subsidy for Canberra Sand and Gravel to provide green waste services; if so, what is the value of that subsidy for (a) 2018-2019, (b) 2019-2020, and (c) 2020-2021 year to date.
Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) An investigation into possible sites to establish essential waste infrastructure and services for the north Canberra community commenced in 2020. This investigation includes the identification and assessment of alternative, viable locations that may be considered suitable for an additional waste site and/or upgrade to the existing Mitchell Resource Management Centre.
(2) Yes, a shortlist of possible alternate locations within the vicinity of Belconnen and the Gungahlin area is currently under review.
(3) Strategic waste infrastructure requirements for the north of Canberra are currently in an investigatory stage, where a broad assessment of potential sites are being reviewed. A range of criteria is being used to evaluate sites, such as:
a. proximity to population catchments with consideration of population growth;
b. buffer zones from sensitive receptors;
c. visible amenity considerations;
d. traffic and accessibility;
e. environmental and physical constraints; and
f. establishment cost estimates and availability of utilities and services.
(4) The criteria in the response above was applied to each site to establish a shortlist. The next stage will be to undertake further investigations to prioritise or ‘score’ the sites in order of suitability.
(5) The current investigations commenced in November 2020 and will be undertaken in two stages.