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Minister urges parties to resolve rubbish dispute

By Michael Reid - 24 May 2016 1

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Meegan Fitzharris, the minister for municipal services, on Tuesday appealed to rubbish collection workers and contractor SUEZ to resolve their industrial dispute.

She said it was disappointing to see ACT residents in many suburbs not having their rubbish collected this week, following similar disruptions on Friday 13 May.

“I understand the Transport Workers Union has now given notification again that they will take more industrial action this Friday, 27 May.

“Due to the large number of suburbs impacted by the action this week, catch-up collection services will not be possible. This is disappointing and I urge both parties to come back to the negotiating table as soon as possible.”

Fitzharris said Territory and Municipal Services were putting alternative arrangements in place for those residents affected by Friday’s industrial action. They will be able to deposit rubbish in their local suburbs.

“However I would like to see this matter resolved quickly, so that the impact to residents is minimised and this essential service continues to be delivered to households. I urge all parties to work together to get this matter resolved as quickly as possible.”

Residents affected by the industrial action can drop off rubbish between the hours of 6am-8pm at the following temporary sites:

  • Calwell: in the car park adjacent to the parkland area off Outtrim Avenue
  • Kambah: outside the ACT Parks and Conservation Service Depot off Chirnside Circuit
  • Weston Creek: in the car park adjacent to the parkland area off Hilder Street
  • Phillip: in the car park north-east of Callum Offices off Easty Street
  • Tuggeranong: within the car park opposite Abode Apartments off Anketell and Cowlishaw Streets.

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