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Belconnen Community Council chairwoman Tara Cheyne with her five-year-old whippet,
Cooper, at John Knight Memorial Park.
Photo: Graham Tidy
Call for more doggie doo bins
The ACT Government is being lobbied to help
clean up doggie doo by installing waste bag
dispensers for pooch owners in Canberra
In its ACT budget submission, the Belconnen
Community Council said undisposed dog
excrement presents health and environmental
While many owners carry dog waste
disposal bags on them and take the necessary
responsibility for their dog s waste, a bag
dispenser greatly assists if an owner has
forgotten or run out while also ensuring there is
no excuse for failing to pick up the waste, the
Dog waste disposal bag dispensers have
been successfully implemented throughout
The submission asked for one dispenser at
Lake Ginninderra, but Belconnen Community
Council chairwoman Tara Cheyne said there
was the opportunity to put them in across the
She said any dispensers installed would need
to be vandal proof and be stocked with
biodegradable plastic bags. They would need a
locking mechanism to ensure bags could not be
continuously pulled out by the same person.
Like any items in public parks the dispensers
would also need to be safe from thieves.
Last October in Adelaide police were
tracking a thief who stole a dog poop bag
dispenser shaped like a labrador.
A 2013 survey found only half of dog owners
always collected their dog s excrement and men
were the worst culprits.
The survey also found 9 per cent never picked
up after their dog and a further 5 per cent would
only collect the poop if someone was watching.
Eleven per cent of men admitted they never
picked up their dog s poo. The figure was 7 per
cent for women dog owners.
The Belconnen Community Council s budget
submission said more bins for other general
waste should be made available.
It also suggested a twice a year kerbside hard
rubbish pick-up by the ACT Government, at
least as a trial, to reduce the dumping of
Opposition to removal
of solar panels softens
The Asbestos Taskforce has softened its stance
on solar panels, saying Mr Fluffy property
owners can take newer panels with them.
In December, the taskforce said solar panels
must be left behind because removing them
could expose workers to asbestos in the roof
The taskforce was also concerned that the
panels were difficult to remove without damage
and said most were unlikely to comply with new
A spokeswoman said this week that if the
panels had been installed after July 2013, they
would comply with fire regulations and could be
The mountings, though, must be left behind.
The taskforce knew of 102 homes with solar
panels, she said.
It is unclear how many are fire compliant and
how many are signed up to the ACT
Government s generous feed-in scheme.
The scheme, now closed to new customers,
gives them a premium feed-in tariff for power
generated from their panels for 20 years.
Benn Masters, from solar installer Solarhub,
said owners should consider taking their old
panels given the cost of a new system.
A new three-kilowatt system of 12 panels
would cost about $3000 for the panels alone,
with up to $2000 more for the inverter, plus the
mount and installation costs, he said.
If owners could take their existing panels and
the inverter, they would have to pay only for
installation and a new mount.
He rejected a suggestion that panels would be
easily damaged during removal and said
removal was a reasonably simple job.
An electrician would have to remove the
inverter, which might involve cutting through
bolts attaching it to the wall, since the
government will not allow any screws, bolts or
nails into walls to be removed in case asbestos
fibres in wall cavities are disturbed.
New systems would not be eligible for a
Costs will add up pretty quickly for these
guys and if you can reuse what s there, I
definitely think that s a better option for them,"
Mr Masters said.
He urged the government to make a quick
decision on allowing owners to keep their feed-
in tariff in their new homes.
His company is offering to remove panels
free of charge for Mr Fluffy property owners but
owners would have to pay for the reinstallation
in a new home.
Solarhub and Solarstart, now merged, have
installed panels since 2009, Mr Masters said.
He was concerned about workers exposure
to Mr Fluffy asbestos during installation since
they access roof cavities.
He said every electrician, and many other
tradespeople in Canberra, faced the same issue.
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