Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 November 2017) . . Page.. 5123 ..
MS FITZHARRIS: There are many benefits to having access to a green waste bin that will save the community time and money. Alongside being convenient for residents, there are a number of waste management benefits associated with residents having a green bin that helps to divert garden waste that is currently going to landfill. Garden waste that is sent to landfill generates methane greenhouse gases as it decomposes underground. The impact of methane is considered to be more than 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
The rollout of green bins has seen very low levels of contaminated green waste being diverted to landfill, as I mentioned earlier. The full rollout will continue to reduce the low contamination rates that have been recorded throughout the pilot. Another great environmental benefit is that Corkhill Brothers process green waste into high quality products, such as compost for the community and businesses to use on their own gardens.
ACT Health—FOI requests
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. The ACT open government website has not published any ACT Health FOI requests since November 25, 2015. What is the reason that there have been no ACT Health FOI requests published for the past two years? The answer is not that there have been no FOIs.
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for asking her question and answering part of it. Indeed, I believe that is the case. There have certainly been a number of FOIs. I was not aware of that. I will ask the directorate and provide an answer to the Assembly as soon as I can.
MRS DUNNE: When the minister is seeking information, could she ensure that in future ACT Health is complying with the ACT government’s FOI policy?
MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, of course.
MR COE: Minister, will you ensure that any missing ACT Health FOI requests will be published by the end of this year?
MS FITZHARRIS: I will certainly speak to ACT Health. I hope that there is a simple explanation, and I certainly intend to be able to provide, on the open access website, that information.
Municipal services—road repairs
MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. I refer to the Auditor-General’s report on maintenance of selected road infrastructure. The Auditor-General said:
Aging road assets and budget limitations have resulted in a backlog of road pavement repairs. Reducing this backlog will likely take years and is best guided by a long‐term strategy.