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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 3072 ..

(1) Does the Government intend to continue renewing the Canberra Sand and Gravel (CSG) lease for October, November and December 2021, given that since July 2021, the Parkwood green waste facility run by CSG has been kept open on a month-to-month basis while alternative northside green waste locations are found.

(2) What progress has been made on locating a new location for green waste disposal on the northside.

(3) Has a new location or locations been identified; if so, what are those locations in order of suitability and government preference.

(4) Have any of these locations been suggested by CSG.

(5) Has the Government met with CSG to discuss alternative locations; if so, on what dates did they meet with CSG.

(6) Does the Government intend to take measures, such as subsidies to the operator of the alternate site, to ensure green waste disposal is free or very low cost; if so, what measures are being considered; if not, why not.

(7) Will CSG be the operator of the new site once it is identified and finalised; if not, why not.

(8) Will other waste service providers be given the opportunity to compete for the operation of the new site once identified.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) Late last year, a project to investigate the feasibility of Mitchell Resource Management Centre (RMC) Upgrades and the identification of future waste sites in North Canberra commenced. The purpose of this project is to assess all available options for the relocation or upgrade of the RMC.

The feasibility study also provides information about the appropriateness of any future sites for new facilities and/or potential upgrades to the RMC and related preliminary designs.

The study is in the investigation stage where a broad assessment of sites across west and north Canberra are being reviewed. A range of criteria such as proximity to population catchments, buffers from sensitive uses, environmental and physical constraints and availability of services, such as road access, are applied to identify sites with potential to locate a new facility.

Careful assessment of all options is being undertaken as providing this essential waste infrastructure is important for the long-term function and sustainability of Canberra’s north.

Shorter-term options are also under consideration to assist in the immediate need to retain a green waste drop off facility in West Belconnen, while the long-term site is identified and constructed.

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