511. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Minister for Environment:
I ask this question on behalf of Hon
Diane Evers, who is on urgent parliamentary business.
I refer to the minister's
response to my question without notice 226 on 17 March 2020.
(1) Of the 871.78
volunteer hours registered for 2019–20 to March, how many were in the
south west region and how many volunteers did it relate to?
(2) What is the
government doing to encourage volunteers in this type of work and how is it
valuing the work being done by these volunteers?
(3) How many FTE positions are
directly funded for roadside litter pick-up in the south west?
(a) If none, will the minister
consider funding positions; and
(b) if no to 3(a), why not?
(4) Given the
significant amount of roadside litter, has the government considered stronger
regulations around packaging requirements, including reducing single-use
plastics and increasing biodegradable and recyclable materials?
(a) If not, why not?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank Hon Diane Evers for some
notice of the question.
(1) There were 109.8 volunteer hours
for 62 volunteers.
(2) The McGowan
government supports the great work done by these volunteers across Western Australia.
Keep Australia Beautiful Council volunteers support a number of programs
including Adopt-a-Spot. The program offers all the necessary litter collection
equipment and insurance for participants. Volunteers receive an adoption certificate and recognition on the KABC website.
Many volunteers are also recognised at KABC's Tidy Towns
Sustainable Communities Awards.
(3) The work of
roadside litter collection and emptying of bins in the South West Region is
undertaken by Main Roads contractors.
(4) Actions taken
by the government, such as banning the supply of lightweight plastic bags in
2018 and the introduction of a container deposit scheme, will continue to
significantly reduce littering. The government has also consulted with the
community through the ''Let's Not Draw the Short Straw: Reduce
Single-Use Plastics'' issues paper, which received almost 9 500
responses. Options for further actions and the next steps are being considered
by the government.
(a) Not applicable.