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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 1068..


department about the time frames at this stage. If, however, an applicant is concerned about the time frame, I would urge them to contact my department to negotiate an extension. If there are broader concerns with time frames, the government and I would be happy to consider an overall extension.

Ms Bresnan also asked me a follow-up question in relation to this matter and asked me why the grant guidelines say that applications with high salary components will not be considered. Ms Le Couteur asked me a similar question. I can advise those members that, while the government recognises that staffing can be an important component of delivering project outcomes, other activities and associated costs are also important in engaging the community to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The guidelines do not set a limit on the salary component, and the level of salary in applications will be considered in the context of achieving the project's objectives stated in the application guidelines as being one or more of the following: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community through, for example, community engagement, development of education projects, behaviour change around energy efficiency and waste reduction; promoting the adoption of emissions reduction technologies; supporting or complementing ACT government or community activities relating to climate change and emissions reduction; and contributing to the ACT's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

It is expected that applicants include appropriate staff time and costs associated with project proposals. The government will consider the reasonableness of costs for all activities in assessing these proposals. These application guidelines align with the guidelines that already exist in other government grants programs such as the ACT environment grants programs. The government is not aware—or I am not aware, I should say—of any complaints in relation to the guidelines for those programs.

Answers to questions on notice

Questions Nos 1492, 1493, 1494

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, I seek an explanation from the Minister for Health under standing order 118A. Questions numbered 1492, 1493 and 1494 appearing on the notice paper in my name have not yet been answered and the 30-day period has expired.

MS GALLAGHER: I am just having a look at what those questions relate to, because I have certainly signed off a number of questions on notice during the last two days, so they either should be with you or heading to you very shortly if they are the same ones that line up with that.

Mr Hanson: The cheque is in the mail.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes.

Taxis—wheelchair accessible

Debate resumed.


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