Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2154..
MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, I understand that bodies corporate under unit titles are not in fact able to take advantage of the feed-in tariff. While I understand that this is probably related to your other portfolio as Attorney-General, it is due, I understand, to the unit title rules. Is your government looking at changing this so that bodies corporate, which could be regarded as a community group as they are a group of individuals, can take advantage of renewable energy?
MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. I have asked my department and included in the terms of reference for the review of the Unit Titles Act, which is a commitment the government made following the passage of the changes to the act-it will include the provision; it will include a review of those elements of the act that may constrain bodies corporate from implementing sustainability measures, including measures such as solar power and renewable energy generation.
There is an interesting intersection here that needs to be addressed, between protecting consumers from being locked into long-term contracts that will disadvantage them but may defray costs from developers and the advantages that come from developers putting sustainability technologies-whether they are renewable energy or whether it is water recycling, for example-in place early in the development and then having those costs spread out over the life of a building.
These are the issues that will be considered as part of that. I have already directed my department to include these matters in its review of the Unit Titles Act.
Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MR SPEAKER: I present the following papers:
Auditor-General Act-Auditor-General's Reports-
No 2/2010-Student Support Services for Public High Schools, dated 21 May 2010.
No 3/2010-Delivery of Budget Initiatives, dated 3 June 2010.
These reports were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. For the information of members, I also present the following paper:
Privileges 2010-Select Committee-Report-Evidence of Mr Mark Sullivan to the Select Committee on Estimates 2009-10-Speaker's response to recommendations Nos. 1 and 2, dated 16 June 2010.
Papers and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following papers: