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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 14 September 2017) . . Page.. 3778 ..

Waste—public bins
(Question No 380)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:

(1) Why are public use bins in Braddon funded by property and business owners through a levy.

(2) How did this policy originate.

(3) How many bins are provided through this levy.

(4) How many other bins are provided in the Braddon precinct by the ACT Government.

(5) How frequent are rubbish bin collections and are collections also subject to payment through the levy.

(6) What is the levy contribution per business and how and on whom is it assessed and collected.

(7) For how long has the levy been applied.

(8) What other retail precincts fund essential services through a levy on local businesses.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The provision and maintenance of public bins in Braddon is funded by the ACT Government through the Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) Directorate. In July 2017, In The City Canberra (ITCC) utilised the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy (CCMIL) funding to install metal bin shrouds to house the existing bins, as a means to improve the amenity of Braddon. Locations were selected in areas of highest use.

(2) The use of levy funds is managed by ITCC.

(3) No bins are provided through the levy, however 10 bin shrouds in Mort and Lonsdale Streets were funded by the levy including dual bin shrouds to accommodate recycling bins at two locations.

(4) There are 12 other bins provided in the Braddon Precinct, including 10 in Haig Park.

(5) Rubbish and recycling bins are emptied twice weekly by TCCS using recurrent funding.

(6) The CCMIL applies to all rateable commercial properties in the City and some selected areas of benefit in Braddon that are in close proximity to the City. The CCMIL is charged on a zone basis at a rate of 0.2992 percent (retail core) or 0.2161 percent (non-retail core) of average unimproved value over the rateable period.

(7) The CCMIL was introduced as part of the 2007-08 Budget.

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