Page 56 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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MR RATTENBURY: I believe so, but I will confirm that as part of my answer to the previous question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what is the dollar value of the contract awarded to Citywide for the dryland mowing of arterial roads in the ACT?

MR RATTENBURY: I do not have that figure off the top of my head, but I will also seek that. I was reflecting on Mrs Jones’s earlier question as well. She might clarify her question with me later, because I am aware that one of the local mowing contractors actually lives across the border. So I wonder whether that meets her definition of an ACT-based mowing contractor.

Environment—Mugga Lane tip

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for the Environment. Minister, over the past weekend the smell in Fadden, Macarthur and other nearby suburbs from the tip was once again terrible. Constituents have raised with me the possibility of other contaminants being carried on the wind. They are concerned for the health and safety of their families, their pets and their gardens. Minister, has any monitoring of the air quality in nearby Tuggeranong suburbs taken place, and, if so, what are the results?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Lawder for her question. If the question relates to air monitoring specifically in response to these concerns that Ms Lawder raises, I will seek advice from the EPA and advise the member through taking the question on notice. In general, there is air quality monitoring that is undertaken in accordance with our obligations under the national environmental pollution agreements. In relation to the specific matter that Ms Lawder raises, I will seek some advice from the EPA and provide the member with an answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what are you or your agencies doing in the short and long term to reduce the impact of the smell or other impacts on residents of these suburbs?

MR CORBELL: I am aware that the EPA have been aware of this issue. They have been engaged with Territory and Municipal Services and their contractors who are responsible for the works currently being undertaken and, indeed, just completed at the Mugga Lane landfill, which I understand is the source of concern. The EPA have been engaged in that process. If Ms Lawder wants further details, again, I will seek further particulars from the EPA and provide them to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what was done to measure the effectiveness of odour-suppressant spray in mitigating the smell in nearby residential areas?

MR CORBELL: Again, I will take the question on notice.

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