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commonwealth department, the New South Wales and Victorian governments and a number of local councils. We will continue to monitor that situation and I will provide any additional information to Ms Le Couteur.
MS LE COUTEUR: What is the ACT doing to reduce the amount of recyclable material that we produce in the first place so that we do not have to worry about these issues?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Le Couteur for that question. It is an important one. Indeed, as many members will be aware, the waste feasibility study has been underway for a couple of years now. It has concluded and I look forward to presenting the findings of that in the very near future. It certainly is the aim of that study to minimise the amount of waste and recyclable material that we generate in the first place. Members will be familiar with the waste pyramid, which shows that our main intention is to decrease the amount of waste and recyclable material that we need either to recycle or have as waste, particularly waste going to landfill.
MR WALL: Minister, what currently happens to recyclable plastics collected through the various recycling streams in the territory? If that needs to be taken on notice; that is fine.
MS FITZHARRIS: There is a range of ways that recycled plastics are dealt with, including looking at some new and more innovative ways of dealing with recyclable plastic, but I will also take that question on notice.
MS LAWDER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, your government was investigated by the Auditor General for the purchase of a Tradies Club property that was leased back to the club for a dollar a year. Chief Minister, how do you justify billing the Tradies a dollar a year in rent while charging community organisations tens of thousands of dollars a year?
MR BARR: The government does not charge community organisations tens of thousands of dollars a year. There are many community organisations that have peppercorn rent arrangements. The first part of Ms Lawder’s question relates to a commercial transaction that was undertaken by the directorate in accordance with the various procurement laws, regulations and guidelines.
MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, was it the government’s idea or the Tradies’ idea to set the rent at a dollar a year?
MR BARR: That is not a matter that involves me. I was not involved in any commercial negotiations because, quite rightly, there is a separation between members of the Assembly and ministers and procurement.
MR COE: Chief Minister, under the lease with the Tradies Club, are there any restrictions on their subleasing the property at amounts significantly more than $1 per year?