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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 March 2010) . . Page.. 1323 ..

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Rattenbury, from six residents:

Dickson wetland project—petition No 108


The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that: The Hawdon Street Municipal Depot in Dickson will have a detrimental impact on the proposed new Dickson wetlands, has never been suited to its residential environment and should be relocated.

The ACT government is developing a large wetland project on open space immediately behind the Hawdon Street depot. Preliminary wetlands plans identify a nearby alternative site for the depot, away from residential streets and away from the wetlands.

Currently sited in a residential street, the depot houses heavy vehicles, including large tractors. Surrounded by cyclone wire, it stores multiple garbage bins and piles of general waste, which are in plain view of adjacent residents and passers by. In summer, the depot emits an unpleasant smell of grease. Diesel fumes affect areas close to it. The sight, smell and noise of the depot would all have a negative impact on people’s experience of the wetlands.

The depot, as it stands, would create an unsightly physical barrier between a residential area and the wetlands. Removing the depot would greatly enhance the wetlands project by allowing the new wetlands to extend to and connect with the residential area.

The depot’s many loud diesel-powered vehicles drive through Dickson’s streets early in the mornings, disturbing and awakening residents. Despite many complaints by residents over the years, the depot continues to disturb their peaceful enjoyment of their suburb.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Enhance the Dickson wetland project and respond to residents’ longstanding concerns by relocating the Hawdon Street depot as proposed by the ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy & Water’s Dickson Wetland Preliminary Sketch Plan (Project number 0969, 11/12/2009).

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

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