Calls received on air
Issue: When will the sales to the developers start for the City to Lake Project?
Response:Sales for the developers will not start for a number of years.
Issue: Resident of Spence – What is the update on the upgrades to the Neighbourhood Oval Restoration Program, set out in 2014.
Response: Spence is part of ACT Government’s Neighbourhood Oval Restoration Program and will continue to look at the project. The process is also part of the district playing fields. The ACT Government will continue to provide resources for the Neighbourhood Oval Restoration Program.
Directorate: Access Canberra
Issue: Trouble getting a recycling Bin for Scout Group.
Response: The Chief Minister advised that a staff member will call them about the issue.
OUTCOME: ACT NOWaste staff discussed the entitlement for domestic waste services and the reasons why this location was excluded. ACT NOWaste provided information and details, for example locations, of the Territories Recycling Drop Off Centres which are accessible 24/7 and available free of charge.
Directorate: ACT Government
Issue: The caller was concerned about a statement from NCA on demolition of the CSIRO head quarters. The caller called on an Inquiry by the Government.
Response: The Chief Minister stated that he could not comment on any of the issues as it sits within the National Capital Authority. The Chief Minister had not seen any paperwork and has no power to intervene. The Chief Minister advised the called to raise his concerns with the National Capital Authority.
Directorate: Access Canberra
Issue: Acton Park and Hamlet – vendors say they will be left without any where to go despite making a significant investment and contributing. What will happen with the small businesses?
Response: The Hamlet is a privately owned site. There have recently been announcements around two new pop up locations (ANU and Sydney Building).
Traders from the Hamlet and West Side will be ideal business to move to this site.
Directorate: Access Canberra
- What is the progress on the Green waste bin?
- Approached Access Canberra re a Gum Tree on a Nature Strip. A letter was sent to Access Canberra mid January, and an indication was sent that a response will be sent in 10 days but never happened.
Response: In relation to the Green waste bin. The first pilot commences next month (April). The next phase is the roll out to Tuggeranong. Information on the registration process is available on the ACT Government, TCCS website. The Chief Minister advised that someone from TCCS would contact them about the Gum Tree.
OUTCOME: TCCS contacted the called in relation to the Gum Tree and is speaking to them about the issue.
Issue: European Wasps – cafe in Pialligo. Sitting on the deck, the wasps made them and the other people sitting outside move. The workers at the cafe say they cannot do anything as the wasps nest are somewhere else.
Response: Report nests – nests on public land will be destroyed by the ACT Government. The website will give you details of registered Wasps controllers if it’s on private land. The details for reporting wasps nest are: 62585551 – hotline/ www.ewasps.com.au/ App store: ewasp mobile app. CM encourages people to report wasp nests.
Issue: What is happening with realigning Parkes Way?
Response: There are a number of options and vary in costs from full tunnelling through to bridges. National Capital Authority is involved in this consideration and the ACT Government has to make decisions around the financial implications of the different options – it will be part of the work of the new part of the new City Renewal Authority. The construction of the first stage of the board walk is well advances and should be finished in the next few months.
Issue: Why doesn’t the ACT Government have proper programs for the recovery of Ozone depleting and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas refrigerants at the end of life? Its Commonwealth law that has made it happen but there doesn’t seem to be any procedures at ACT Waste. Michael has contacted ACT Waste but has not received any explanation.
OUTCOME: The ACT Government requires licensed plumbers to capture refrigerants when re-gassing or degassing fridges and air conditioners. The Government’s Actsmart program upgrades old fridges and air conditioners in low income households and ensures that these appliances are properly degassed as part of the contract. White goods and scrap metal dropped off at the Government’s Resource Management Centres at Mugga Lane and Mitchell is managed under contract by Remondis Pty Ltd. Remondis have an arrangement with Sims Metal Management Pty Ltd to accept and further process this material.
ACT NOWaste is advised that Sims degasses the fridges and air conditioners prior to the items being sent interstate for recycling. Scrap metal yards are presently regulated under the Environmental Protection Act 1997. All persons have a general environmental duty under the Environment Protection Act 1997 (the Act) to minimise emissions to the environment which includes compliance with any applicable national laws.
Larger scale activities are also authorised (licensed) under the Act including activities that involve the crushing, grinding or separation of material including metals where the facility is designed to produce more than 10,000 tonnes of processed material per year. The Authorisations for this activity include a condition that the Authorisation holder shall comply with the requirements of theOzone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989in regard to the recovery, storage and disposal of ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGGs). As part of implementing theWaste Management and Resource Recovery Act 2016all waste facility licences are being reviewed and updated to ensure environmental and waste management objectives are met. Ensuring compliance with Commonwealth law will be one issue considered as part of the facility licence review.
Issue: Feral peacocks in Narrabundah. There was a Peacocks Management Plan development.
OUTCOME: Caller was contacted and advised of the progress of the Peafowl Management Plan. The caller will be notified directly by an officer from TCCS when public consultation commences. The caller was also provided with a direct contact for further enquiries.
Issue: Why all rate payers in the ACT are having/will have to pay for the green bin service. We have a large block and recycle green waste in the yard. Larger work eg tree trimming is far too big for a bin and that needs a different approach (small bin no use). I don't understand the need for ask of us to pay for the service through general rates. Can you comment?
OUTCOME: The ACT Government provides a number of services for residents including roads, public transport, and management of public spaces, libraries and the collection of waste and recycling. These services are a vital part of our city, and are paid for through rates. The ACT Government’s pilot of green waste bins will allow residents to dispose of general garden waste more easily and will help divert some of the 5,000 tonnes of garden waste currently going to landfill each year. This service will, over time, be available to all residents. In the meanwhile, a $50 once-only registration fee will help us cover the cost of delivering the bin to registered residents. Larger waste can still bedisposed of at ACT Government resource management centres, which are also supported by ACT rates.
Issue: What is the ACT Government going to about wild life that gets caught between the large fences there is no water they can’t get out, they then get hit by cars on the Gunghalin Parkway.
OUTCOME: In general all of Tuggeranong Parkway has a fence on one side of the road. This type of design reduces the risk of trapping kangaroos.
The statement from the kangaroo experts was that as long as there is a barrier in the corridor animals will adapt and change their behaviour. ACT Parks and Conservation ensure there is a Ranger on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to deal with injured wildlife and respond to wildlife situations as required. Any injured or trapped wildlife should be reported through Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Issue: Why are contractors allowed to reseal the road at the MacGregor school at 3pm yesterday - at pick up time - no vehicle access.
OUTCOME: TCCS contacted the caller and explained that contract provisions are in place to prevent work near schools at pick up and drop off times.
Issue: When is the second stage of the Issac ridge mountain bike trails happening going to happen?
OUTCOME: The caller was informed there are no plans to develop a second stage to the Isaac Ridge Mountain bike trails. The recent upgrades are limited to the formalisation of the two down hill alignments and the development of the spine trail.
Issue: Is city renewal and placemaking important in Woden? The draft precinct code recently released provides for 28 storey buildings on the northen perimeter of the Woden town square, that will shade the square making it uninhabitable in winter.
OUTCOME: EPSDDD spoke to the caller to discuss their concerns and what was included in the draft variation to the Territory Plan (DV344 – Woden town centre). The caller was made aware that DV344 incorporates provisions for minimising overshadowing on to the Woden town square and was encouraged to provide input into the draft variation process that is currently out for community engagement.