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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2490 ..

(8) Introducing a FOGO collection service was an ACT Labor Election Commitment taken to the people at the 2020 ACT Election. Information on the aim and benefits of FOGO is included in the ACT Waste Feasibility Study, National Waste Policy Action Plan and the National Food Waste Strategy.

Municipal services—community gardens(Question No 331)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 25 June 2021 (redirected to the minister for Housing and Suburban Development):

(1) Prior to the Suburban Land Agency (SLA) conducting consultation, including Throsby Mingle, on the community gardens proposal, how many request from the Throsby Community were received by the SLA for the establishment of a community garden.

(2) What was the full extent of the consultation undertaken by the SLA in relation to the proposed community gardens.

(3) Has the SLA considered alternate locations for the community gardens.

(4) Has any additional consultation taken place to address concerns from the community.

(5) What surveys have been undertaken to assess the impacts of storm water flooding of the chosen site and the impact of safety on the individuals that may use the site, given that several Throsby residents have advised that the current proposed location of the community gardens is subject to flooding, is in the pathway of a natural river flow and has had significant amounts of water and flooding over the past 18 months.

(6) Has the SLA contacted any other agencies about whether any changes to the current waterflow will contravene existing rules that prevent the blocking and interference on the natural flow of water in the ACT.

(7) Has the SLA thoroughly assessed the potential for adverse effects from flooding of a developed community gardens site as proposed.

(8) What specific parking has been included for the proposed community garden.

(9) Will a reassessment of the traffic and parking report for the Learning Centre be done if the proposed community gardens site goes ahead.

(10) What safety measures will be considered for children and others in a busy suburban area.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) No applications for a community garden in Throsby have been received by the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS). The proposal was developed in response to requests from the broader Gungahlin community and the Suburban Land Agency (SLA) Mingle team’s experience in Throsby and other Gungahlin suburbs. The SLA does not have data on requests aggregated by suburb.

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