Page 2105 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“(1) notes that:

(a) during Autumn, deciduous street trees across the ACT collectively drop thousands of cubic metres of leaves onto Canberra’s roads, footpaths and gutters;

(b) the 2018-19 ACT Budget is investing an additional $19.8 million in city services across our city to help maintain our public realm and meet the needs of our growing population;

(c) the ACT Government conducts a comprehensive street sweeping program to remove leaves and debris from gutters along our road network;

(d) every street in Canberra receives at least two sweeps every year, and suburbs in the inner north and south receive five sweeps per year to account for additional leaf litter due to the higher number of deciduous street trees;

(e) Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) has recently undertaken a street sweeping optimisation project. The project has looked at ways to optimise the current program utilising the existing fleet and resources to increase street sweeping frequencies in leafier suburbs and areas of Canberra; and

(f) more information on the street sweeping program can be found on the TCCS website: and_Maintenance/street-sweeping;

(2) further notes that:

(a) the ACT government delivers the ACT Healthy Waterways project to improve the quality of water in our lakes and waterways. The project includes the construction of infrastructure like wetlands, ponds and rain gardens as well as research and an important community education campaign which highlights key habits that contribute to poor water quality such as raking or blowing leaves into the drains, over-fertilising and washing cars in driveways;

(b) the ACT Government has also delivered green bins to Weston Creek, Kambah and Tuggeranong and is delivering on its election commitment to provide green bins to all suburbs across Canberra; and

(c) the ACT Government is developing a Better Suburbs Statement through a deliberative community panel to consider how Canberra’s city services (which will include street sweeping) can continue to deliver for our growing community; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) continue to regularly review and monitor the street sweeping program to ensure it is meeting the needs of our growing city; and

(b) continue to rollout green bins to all suburbs of Canberra by July 2019.”.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (3.52): I support Minister Fitzharris’s amendment, and I thank Ms Lee for her motion. Rather than talk about the hows and whys of street sweeping, which Minister Fitzharris has already covered in great detail, I will talk only a little bit about the whys and try to have a slightly different take on it

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