Waste Levy

The Hon. PAUL GREEN: My question is directed to the Minister for Roads and Ports, representing the Minister for the Environment. Given that the State Government has increased the level of fee for waste going into landfill by 16 per cent to $107 a tonne, given this rise has caused councils to increase tip fees and given that a number of local councillors have expressed real concerns that people will dump dangerous and toxic waste into bushland areas simply to avoid these increased tipping fees, what steps is the Government taking to ensure that illegal dumping does not take place as a result of increased tipping fees, and when will the Government be reducing these fees and giving local government and ratepayers a fair go?

The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: I thank the honourable member for his question. It is important to acknowledge that under the reallocation of portfolios Environment is in the safe hands of The Nationals in the upper House. People will sleep soundly in this State. It is a very important question with a great deal of detail and I will refer it to the acting Minister for a detailed response.