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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1240..


Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Yes. Visits commenced in February 2005.

Environment and conservation-greenhouse gas emissions

(Question No 107)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

Did the Territory commit to meeting the Greenhouse Gas Reduction target of reducing net greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by 2008 and reducing them by 20 percent by 2018; if so, what is the current progress of the development and implementation of the program to retrofit public housing to four star energy ratings in the short term, aiming for five stars in the medium term, as agreed by way of a Private Members Motion in the 5th Assembly.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The ACT Greenhouse Strategy released in 2000 included the target of reducing net greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by 2008 and reducing them by 20 percent by 2018. As part of the Government's 2004 election commitments, the Office of Sustainability within the Chief Minister's Department has been made responsible for greenhouse and energy policy. This decision recognizes that ACT greenhouse emissions are largely attributable to energy use, and that a whole of government focus to these issues is required. The Office is developing a comprehensive Energy Policy that will address all economic, social, engineering and environmental issues relevant to energy generation and use in the Territory. The Government is also completing the review of the ACT Greenhouse Strategy commenced during the previous term. These documents will address the achievability of the ACT greenhouse gas reduction target.

As part of its 2004 Election commitments, the Government promised to allocate an additional $4 million to upgrade public housing to make them more energy efficient and comfortable for tenants. Funding for this project is being examined in the preparation of the 2005-06 Budget. This project will address the retrofit program referred to in the question.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

(Question No 110)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) Who is undertaking the investigation of the research and scientific potential at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and how was the investigator appointed;

(2) How much will it take to conduct the investigation;

(3) When will this investigation be completed;

(4) How will this investigation affect the other studies being undertaken at the same time.


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