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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 602..


MR SMYTH: Mr Wood says that it is a well-known problem. It is something he knows about, but I will have to check whether it is a well-known problem. We get so many assertions in this place from those opposite and it is worth checking what they say. If issues are brought to the attention of the department, to my office or to the offices of any of the other ministers, we investigate them and, if necessary, we make amendment, we change things. Mr Stefaniak was asked today about airconditioning and he indicated that he has made changes.

I often get questions on whether parking arrangements can be changed. Sometimes they are, sometimes they are not. If there is a complaint about this matter, it will be investigated and, if appropriate, it will be changed.

Mr Humphries: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

Relocation of streetlight

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Kaine asked Mr Smyth a question on Wednesday, 28 February about the relocation of light posts in Quiros Street, Red Hill. It actually falls within my portfolio and I will provide an answer. The information which has been provided to me by Actew/AGL reads:

Actew/AGL has in the past relocated many streetlight fixtures where the fixture has created annoyance or inconvenienced a resident. Actew/AGL's first approach is to paint the rear of the light fitting, but often this has only a short time relief as the paint oxidises then flakes away. The next best alternative is to either remove the fitting or relocate it.

In this particular case the paint approach had been tried over several periods without any real success.

Actew/AGL's General Manager, Energy Networks has responsibility, and the appropriate financial delegation to ensure that Actew/AGL customers are not inconvenienced. It was on this authority that the column was relocated as part of ongoing operation and maintenance of street and public lighting in the ACT.

I am advised that the cost was borne by Actew/AGL.

Mr Quinlan: Are you sure about that?

MR HUMPHRIES: I am quoting to you what was provided to me by Actew/AGL, Mr Quinlan. I table the information provided to me by Actew/AGL.

Mr Speaker, I also note that a question and answer on 7 December 2000-I am not sure whether it was a mistake by Hansard or whether it was the way in which the question was asked-referred to the cost of that work being $365,000. Obviously, we would not be relocating any streetlights if they cost $365,000 to relocate. We would not put in any streetlights if they cost that amount of money. The figure should have been $3,650.


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