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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1471 ..

Clean Up Australia Day

(Question No 549)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to Clean up Australia Day:

(1) How much funding did organisers of Clean up Australia Day in Canberra receive for this year's event;

(2) Is this amount more, less or equal to the previous year, if less, why was funding reduced, if more, why was more funding allocated;

(3) Is there a timeframe in which Clean up Australia Day bags are to be collected after the event occurs, if so, please provide details, if not, why not;

(4) Following Clean up Australia Day on 2 March 2003 there were still Clean up Australia Day bags laying idle on the side of roads well after the event, who's responsibility is it to collect these bags and why were there some bags not collected more than 2 weeks after the event;

(5) Will the government undertake to collect any bags that are still lying on roadsides immediately?

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Clean Up Australia received $4,000 for this year's Clean Up Australia Day event.

(2) Last year Clean Up Australia received sponsorship of $8,000 for the event. The allocation of funds this year reflected the considerable level of funding for litter, recycling and waste initiatives provided by the Department of Urban Services. Against competing priorities a decision was made to reduce the level of sponsorship for Clean Up Australia Day

(3) The removal of items from urban roadsides, including bags collected during Clean Up Australia Day, is performed by Canberra Urban Parks and Places service providers for horticultural and cleaning maintenance services. The completion time specified in the relevant contract is 10 working days.

(4) Unfortunately this year there was a misunderstanding regarding the collection of rubbish from some sites and this should not occur in the future.

(5) All rubbish from registered sites for this year's event has been removed.

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