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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 434..


Waste—facility management (Question No 1956)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 8 December 2011:

(1) In relation to the Weathering the Change Draft Action Plan 2, Pathway 2 - Buildings, transport, waste and renewable energy, what mechanism will the Government use to change the transport behaviour of Canberrans to achieve the transport abatement.

(2) How will the $40 million of capital for the waste facility be financed.

(3) What are the operating costs of this facility and have they been built into the model.

(4) Will this waste facility be owned and operated by the Government; if not, how will this be managed.

(5) How will the $1.5 billion of capital for renewable energy be financed.

(6) What are the yearly operating costs of this capital and has it been built into the model.

(7) Will this capital investment be owned and operated by the Government; if not, how will this be managed.

(8) What will be the cost each year, for each component up to 2020, if this pathway was implemented.

(9) What will be the abatement, for each component in each year up to 2020, if this pathway was implemented.

(10) Given that the costs are in net financing terms, who is it assumed that these financing costs are met by in the modelling.

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

(1) The Transport for Canberra Strategy will promote alternatives to private vehicles while the ACT Planning Strategy will support the creation of a more compact city with urban renewal along transport corridors.

(2) Draft Action Plan 2 does not promote the public ownership of electricity generation assets. Access to financial capital to fund the establishment of the required capacity would be the responsibility of a private entity.

(3) The operating and maintenance cost of an energy from waste facility was assumed to start at $1.85 million in 2015. This was included in the modelling. The modelling of an energy from waste facility was informed by previous modelling undertaken for the Government by URS-Ecowaste in 2010 for the draft ACT Sustainable Waste Strategy. These reports are available at www.environment.act.gov.au/waste.

(4) Draft Action Plan 2 does not promote the public ownership of electricity generation assets. This would be managed by a private entity.


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