Page 1498 - Week 06 - Thursday, 2 July 2020

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deliver this service through to Canberrans and iron out any bugs as the process goes on.

There were around 400 bookings on the first day of the bulky waste collection scheme registration being open. It is great to see Canberrans registering for the scheme and taking up the service. There was a minor systems issue that was resolved in the morning that meant that people could not book before December. That was subsequently resolved and there are booking slots available for Canberrans who wish to book in before December to get bulky waste collected from their household.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, given the influx of bookings, will you admit that this service was needed years ago, not just three months out from an election?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Milligan for the supplementary question. The ACT government committed to this before the last election, to deliver in this term of government, and that is exactly what we are doing: delivering better city services for Canberrans. We have already delivered the garden waste collection scheme; we have delivered a container deposit scheme, which has seen 71 million containers collected and recycled; and now we are delivering a bulky waste scheme. Of course Canberrans look across the border at what is happening in other jurisdictions, and now we are very pleased to have a bulky waste scheme here in the ACT ready for Canberrans, in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong in the first instance, to register for and get their bulky waste collected.

MR WALL: Minister, what do you suggest Gungahlin and Tuggeranong residents do with their bulky waste while they continue to wait more months for you to deliver on your promise to actually provide an efficient and effective service for kerbside bulky waste collection?

MR STEEL: Mr Wall clearly was not listening to the answer that I gave to the first question, which is that there are slots available for people to book in to get their bulky waste collected.

Access Canberra—drivers licence advice

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Business and Regulatory Services. Minister, constituents say they have received letters relating to drivers licence medical and eye tests. The letters state that the constituents have a medical condition that requires review by a specialist and that they have been assessed as presenting a high risk to road safety for a variety of reasons. Many constituents who have called Access Canberra to query the letter have been told that it was a “poorly worded letter” and sent in error. This letter has caused considerable stress to many Canberrans, who are worried about the cost of a specialist appointment for this purpose and are concerned about their assessment as high risk drivers, particularly with regard to their ability to access a specialist that may be based interstate during the COVID health situation. Minister, on what basis were the individual recipients of this letter assessed as having a medical condition and as being a high risk to road safety?

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