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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 3073 ..


(3) Several sites have been identified as potentially fit for this purpose and now require further investigations, site inspections and surveys. This work will involve a detailed topographic survey and geotechnical, ecological and heritage investigations.

(4) Short term options were put forward by CSG and are being considered.

(5) Yes. Meetings have been occurring weekly since August.

(6) The continued subsidisation of the disposal of green waste will be a consideration of Government.

(7) CSG will be offered the opportunity to manage the short-term solution under its existing licence agreement with the Territory.

(8) Yes, it is expected that the longer-term management of the new facility will be determined through a competitive tender process.


Environment—single-use plastics(Question No 444)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 17 September 2021:

Given that on 10 December 2020, I received a briefing on the Plastics Reduction Bill 2020 and was informed that businesses that have single-use plastic items in bulk would be able to use their remaining stock until they run out after the ban came into place on 1 July 2021, can the Minister confirm that this is still the case.

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

While the Plastic Reduction Act 2021 does not specify transitional arrangements for businesses to supply existing stocks of banned items to their customers after July 2021, in practice an educative approach has been taken with business on the matter. Businesses were encouraged to use up their stock of prohibited plastic before the deadline on 1 July 2021.

The ACT Government engaged the National Retail Association (NRA) to conduct face-to-face visits with ACT businesses impacted by the new legislation. The NRA conducted 502 business visits and ACT NoWaste staff also conducted an additional 398 visits. Support by businesses for the ban has been strong overall.


Municipal services—public toilets(Question No 447)

Ms Clay asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 17 September 2021:

(1) Has the number of public toilets in the ACT changed in the last 10 years and could the breakdown of the change be provided by region.


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