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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 6184..


With respect to traffic lights:

A simple in-house comparison has been made of the cost of replacing existing non LED traffic signal lanterns with LED lanterns against the reduction in energy costs associated with the new equipment. The evaluation concluded that the payback period for the new signals was in the order of 15 years. The estimated life span of an LED traffic signal panel is in the order 7-10 years. Further, the cost of replacing the non-LED signals has been estimated at $3.75million.

With respect to street lights:

To change all mercury vapour street light fittings to energy efficient light fittings would cost approximately $18 million. The payback period in energy savings varies between 6 to 20 years, depending on the size, type and location of the street light.

Cuppacumbalong—heritage management (Question No 1208)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for the Arts and Heritage, upon notice, on 27 October 2010:

(1) What funds does the ACT Government spend on heritage management for the Cuppacumbalong site.

(2) What is the current maintenance state of the Cuppacumbalong gardens and homestead.

(3) Is there an ACT Government grant which the Tharwa community would be eligible for in order to manage the gardens on the Cuppacumbalong property; if so, (a) is it a heritage grant and (b) what conditions would be placed on such a grant.

(4) Has the ACT Government considered purchasing the Cuppacumbalong property as a heritage property which could be managed, or tendered out to be managed, similarly to Strathnairn Arts Association.

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

(1) The Cuppacumbalong Homestead has been a privately leased and managed property since 1975 when the Commonwealth issued a lease for 99 years. The day to day management responsibilities rest with the lessee. The ACT Government has made financial contributions to the management of Cuppacumbalong Homestead through the Heritage Grants Program of $7,881 (excl. GST) in 2005 for a photographic exhibition and signage, and $3,600 (excl. GST) in 2007 for a garden conservation management plan.

(2) The Cuppacumbalong Homestead has been maintained by the current lessee since 2001. Although the garden is on unleased territory land, the lessee has maintained it on an informal agreement with the Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS).

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