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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 14 February 2008) . . Page.. 342 ..

which now incorporates the Waste Wise program as well as Energy, Water, Biodiversity and Curriculum. As part of this program, the Government supplies recycling bins to schools free of charge. Having the bins emptied is a private contractual arrangement each school has with a contractor.

(2) The Waste Wise Program has been rolled into the Sustainable Schools Program. 87 schools across the ACT are currently participating in this program, 90% of which includes the waste component of the program.

(3) The Sustainable Schools Program includes incentives such as:

• Water and Energy Audits.

• Support in setting up recycling systems including bins, collections and smart purchasing.

• A sustainability education tool kit that includes a curriculum component to assist teachers to teach sustainability in the classroom and Best Practise Guides for Waste, Water, Energy and Biodiversity, which offers step by step guides on how to make the school more sustainable.

• Incentives to participate in the annual No Waste Awards.

• Free workshops on Waste, Energy and Water to teachers as part of professional development.

• Recognition of achievements in implementing sustainable goals through a five star accreditation scheme.

• Providing regular opportunity for teachers/heads of school to visit other schools implementing best practise in waste management.

Tharwa bridge
(Question No 1787)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 21 November 2007:

(1) Would the Minister provide a progress update on the Tharwa Bridge decision;

(2) How many engineering reports have been completed on the bridge;

(3) If more than one engineering report has been completed, how conflicting/consistent are they;

(4) How much would it cost to repair the bridge according to those reports outlined in part (2);

(5) Does the Government have an expected completion date for Tharwa Bridge.

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

(1) The ACT Government has decided to conserve the existing Tharwa Bridge.

(2) There have been many engineering reports on Tharwa Bridge over the years. The most recent detailed report completed on behalf of the Department was in May 2006. Monthly reports monitoring the condition of the bridge are also produced by the RTA NSW on behalf my department.

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