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4. With regard to littering generally, the ACT Government has initiated or supports several programs aimed at raising public awareness to address the issue of littering and pollution of waterways. These include Landcare, Adopt-a-Road, Adopt-a-Wetland, Clean-Up Australia Day; and a campaign targeting illegal dumping at charity collection bins and litter and dumping in public laneways in Civic and main shopping centres. The Government is also participating in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities’ program to be launched in Canberra shortly. The introduction of the new Litter Act in September 2004 provides a more effective piece of legislation to prevent littering and supports these programs. Our Urban Rangers and Police now have some teeth and can issue on-the spot fines to offenders ranging from $60 to $1000 for an individual and $300 to $5000 for a corporation depending on the type of littering.

Civic Library flooding
(Question No 412)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 23 June 2005:

(1) In relation to the Civic Library flooding, which occurred on or around Monday, 20 June 2005, when exactly did this flooding occur;

(2) Why did the flooding occur;

(3) How long was the Civic Library closed as a result;

(4) Were any equipment or library materials damaged; if so, what was the value of goods lost;

(5) How many library users were inconvenienced as a result;

(6) What has been done to rectify the problem and ensure that flooding does not occur again.

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

(1) The flooding occurred at about 11:00 PM on Friday 17 June.

(2) The connection between the dishwasher in the Civic Library staff amenities area and the water supply became detached.

(3) The Civic Library was not closed at all.

(4) No equipment or library materials were damaged. It is not clear yet as to whether the library will need to replace some carpet tiles that were waterlogged.

(5) Because 4 of the 7 public access internet PCs at the library were located in an area where carpet tiles had to be dried out, and were therefore not accessible to the staff or public, some customers were inconvenienced by reduced access to public internet PCs (i.e. 3 instead of 7) than normal on Saturday 18 and Monday 20 June.

(6) A more robust connection between the dishwasher and the water supply has been installed.

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