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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 3983..


Answers to questions

Electricity—maintenance outages (Question No 1648)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 28 June 2011 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) Why was only one day's notice given to residents in the vicinity of Strzelecki Crescent, Narrabundah in the early part of June 2011 advising of the second of two electricity maintenance outages in the space of a week.

(2) What are the requirements in relation to the giving of notice to residents of electricity maintenance outages.

(3) If the notice referred to in part (1) did not comply with that requirement, why not.

(4) What has the Minister done to satisfy himself that similar instances of short notice will not be repeated.

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

(1) I am advised by ActewAGL that two electricity outages were required in the vicinity of Strzelecki Crescent, Narrabundah in June 2011. ActewAGL was not able to combine both outages because performing both jobs at the same time would have placed its crews in an unsafe situation.

Notice was given to residents for each of the two outages as follows:

Outage Date Outage Notice Sent to Residents Amount of Notice Given 17 June 2011 6 June 2011 9 business days 29 June 2011 15 June 2011 10 business days

(2) Legislation states that a Utility must provide a minimum 2 business days written notice for planned interruptions where access to private property is not required. If access to private property is required, then Utilities must provide a minimum 4 business days written notice. I am advised by ActewAGL that it has adopted its own policy of providing a minimum 7 business days notice where possible.

(3) The notice referred to in part (1) complied with legislative requirements.

(4) Refer to answer (2) above.

Government—regulatory impact statements (Question No 1653)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 30 June 2011:

(1) How many Regulatory Impact Statements (RIS) have been prepared in the Minister's portfolio since October 2008.


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