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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1245..

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

(3) Have more people purchased solar hot water heaters this financial year than was budgeted for in (a) 2003-2004 and (b) 2004-2005;

(4) What will happen if there are more people purchasing solar hot water heaters than what has been budgeted for in rebates, for example, will some people miss out on receiving a rebate;

(5) How many extra employees, if any, have been 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) As at 23 February 2005, 1,154 households have received a rebate under this program.

(2) As at 23 February 2005, $1,023,370 has been expended under this program being

(a) $985,870 in rebates, (b) nil administrative costs (these are included in general departmental staff costs) and (c) $37,500 in advertising.

(3) (a) Yes (b) The 2004/05 financial year is still current.

(4) Should the number of rebate applications received under this program exceed budgeted funds, additional funding from the Treasurer's Advance will be sought.

(5) No extra employees have been employed in the Department of Urban Services to process rebates relating to this program.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

(Question No 117)

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

(1) Who is undertaking the study of models of management for the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Birrigai education complex;

(2) What is the cost of this study;

(3) What selection process was undertaken in deciding on the successful application to take on this study;

(4) When will the study be completed;

(5) What process will the Government undertake in considering the outcome of this study;

(6) Who is being consulted about this study and how are they being consulted.

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