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(10) Each complaint is investigated to ascertain any underlying reasons for the matter and to bring the complaint to the attention of the responsible organisation. Corrective measures include:

• The ACT NOWaste’s education activities seek to explain the Government’s policy regarding increases in fees and charges.

• At Mugga Lane Landfill, the small vehicles weighbridge is opened when queues at the main weighbridge exceed the specified standard.

• Minor changes and improvements are made to the infrastructure and maintenance undertaken to address specific concerns.

• Staff are counselled regarding customer relations where appropriate.

• Necessary improvements to specified service levels and procedures are noted for use in subsequent contracts.

Collins Park community-built bike track
(Question No 717)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 20 October 2005:

(1) Why was a bike path demolished at Collins Park in Forrest that was constructed by several children that live in the surrounding area;

(2) Were they given any notice as to the demolition;

(3) Is the park in question nominated for heritage listing;

(4) Were the children and any other users of the park offered any alternative options that would allow them to make use of a bike track;

(5) Where is the nearest facility that can be classified as a “skate park” or “BMX park”;

(6) Is this an acceptable alternative facility given the distance that must be travelled;

(7) How many (a) skate and (b) BMX parks are there in Canberra and where are they located;

(8) Was a bicycle that was left behind by one of the children bulldozed over by the front-end loaders that were contracted to remove the bike track; if so, was the owner compensated and offered an official apology;

(9) Has the Department of Urban Services demolished any other community built bike tracks; if so, where are they and what were the reasons for their destruction.

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

(1) A routine inspection of Collins Park in Forrest found that approximately 6-8 bike jumps and holes had been constructed within the park. These holes and jumps were considered a safety hazard to the public because:

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