Page 3643 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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Opposition members interjecting

MR RAMSAY: We do not have a time when we gather everybody with any possible interest in the one place. We do not call that a round table.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Ramsay, can you resume your seat. Members! Really? Enough. You have asked the question and you are not even bothering to listen to the answer, Minister, do you have anything else to add?

MR RAMSAY: As I say, we do not call it a round table if we gather absolutely everyone at the one time. We could call it an open picnic, if you would like. But we will be gathering particular people at particular times, and this Friday will be an important part of that.

MR HANSON: Minister, are you conflicted on this issue because of the millions of dollars received by the Labor Party and, consequently, MLAs, through the proceeds of pokies?


Environment—healthy waterways project

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you resume your seat. We are up to the final question. Then you can take yourself outside to continue your laughter. Mr Steel.

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Minister, could you update the Assembly on the progress of the healthy waterways grants and education programs?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Steel for his question and his interest in the environment, particularly in the Tuggeranong area. The H2OK campaign, the program which operates as part of the overall healthy waterways program, is a joint initiative of the commonwealth and ACT governments and includes a residential grants scheme and a targeted education program.

Both the grant and education programs play a key role in ensuring the continued success of the overall healthy waterways project. By speaking with local communities and residential households, the ACT government aims to create a change in the way Canberrans interact with their local waterways and decrease their pollution levels all around Canberra.

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