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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1244..


(3) The 'Reduce your use, stop the drop' campaign began in the Spring of 2002. Any water savings since this time cannot be attributed specifically to the campaign as water restrictions have been in force over the same period of time.

Since November 2002, when water restrictions where first introduced, the ACT has saved 52.7 gigalitres of water, equal to 10 months of average unrestricted supply in summer.

(4) The campaign has been successful in reinforcing the importance of water conservation to the community. Upcoming campaigns are at the planning stage.

Water-showerheads

(Question No 115)

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

(1) How many Canberrans took up the Government's offer of buying water efficient showerheads and receiving the $30 government rebate;

(2) How much has this scheme cost the Government in total in (a) rebates, (b) administration and (c) advertising;

(3) Was there a budget for the scheme; if so, has it been exceeded;

(4) How many extra employees, if any, were employed in the Department of Urban Services to process the rebates since the beginning of the scheme.

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

(1) 399 households took up the offer of buying water efficient showerheads to receive a maximum $30 government rebate (or up to 50% of purchase price of showerhead(s)).

(2) The scheme has cost the Government $18,686 in total

a) $12,455

b) $806

c) $5,425

(3) Yes, there was a budget for the scheme and, no it has not been exceeded.

(4) No extra employees were employed in the Department of Urban Services to process the rebates since the beginning of the scheme. ActewAGL is delivering the 2004/05 Water Efficiency (Incentives) Program under contract arrangements between ACT Government and ACTEW.

Environment and conservation-solar heaters

(Question No 116)

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

(1) How many households have taken up the Government's offer to install or purchase solar hot water heaters and received the government rebate;


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