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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 December 2021) . . Page.. 3951 ..


Importantly, when we do move to a city-wide rollout, we need to have a large-scale, industrial-size compositing facility available in Canberra to take this waste, and manage some of the risks and odour issues that might come from that. We do not have that facility in place at the moment. I am very pleased that in the budget we were able to get some funding to start the early planning and feasibility work that is required to get such a facility underway.

MR DAVIS: Minister, most of those constituents that have contacted me do live in medium and higher density developments. Can you explain some of the challenges regarding rolling out FOGO in that environment?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. Food waste can smell, so odour issues are certainly one of the things that we will be looking at how to manage in those environments. What size of bin is required for the population of a particular multi-unit property, and how we undertake education with the body corporate and members of those residential properties to inform them about the pilot will be part of the process, as well as what we can learn from that, to make sure that we reduce the amount of contamination going into the green bins. It is about making sure that people are aware of their obligation regarding what goes in the recycling bin, the garbage bin and the food waste bin.

We will be working closely with the multi-unit properties that have opted in, as part of the trial. We are looking forward to then rolling that out to the rest of Canberra households in the future, including multi-unit properties in places like Tuggeranong, Woden and Gungahlin, as well as other areas of Canberra.

MS CLAY: Minister, how many multi-unit developments have opted in to the Belconnen trial, and how many have opted out?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Clay for her supplementary. We are expecting that over the course of the pilot we may see a range of different multi-unit properties opt in. That number will change over time. We are hoping to see a greater take-up as time moves on. One of the reasons why we have chosen the four suburbs with the initial approximately 5,000 households being involved is that it does provide a great mix of single residential dwellings, smaller townhouses, and larger and medium-size complexes as well, including one of Australia’s largest multi-unit developments, in the suburb of Belconnen. This gives us a really good indication of how we can successfully roll out this scheme across the whole of Canberra. It is a microcosm, if you like, of the situation across Canberra. We are looking forward to testing the collection process in particular and making sure that that works for people in those properties.

Planning—Gungahlin cinema

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Chief Minister. Almost eight years ago on 26 November 2013 you announced the government would deliver on its 2012 election commitment to build a cinema in Gungahlin. You said work would start in mid-2014 on a seven-screen cinema complex for 2,000 patrons. You stated, “Delivering on this


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