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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (27 September) . . Page.. 2848..


(2) (a) The contract requires the contractor to respond within six hours to any request made by Roads ACT for snow removal.

(b) The current contract is for two years (all seasons) and commenced in October 2005.

(i) The contract in place is not season specific.

(ii) See (b) (i).

(3) See 2 (b)

Environment—sustainability

(Question No 1641)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 22 August 2007:

(1) Is the Minister aware that a number of groups have been established at the community level to increase the sustainability of their suburbs;

(2) Will the Minister consider broadening the framework for the state of the environment report to include at the suburb level (a) carbon emissions, (b) waste creation and (c) water use, to help community organisations establish benchmarks;

(3) Will the Government establish a consultation process to consult with representatives of the aforementioned groups to pass on figures relevant to their projects.

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

(1) Yes. I am aware of and commend community groups around the ACT currently established to increase sustainability in their suburbs. The Government recently awarded the SEE-Change Group in Jamison an environmental grant to reduce the carbon footprint in several suburbs around the area.

(2) Dr Maxine Cooper has recently been appointed to the role of the Commissioner for the Environment. Part of her role will be to advise the Government on sustainability reporting and determine the reporting requirements for the state of the environment report. I will ensure that your views on this matter are passed onto Dr Cooper.

(3) I support this principle and will await the outcome of the review of the role of the Commissioner for the Environment and Dr Cooper's advice on future reporting. The ACT Government will continue to maintain and develop relationships with community groups to assist in raising awareness and encouraging community involvement in our response to the challenges of climate change.

Government—departmental rent rises

(Question No 1642)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 22 August 2007:


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