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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (21 March) . . Page.. 1305..


Electricity—feed-in tariff

Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Wednesday, 13 February 2013): The ACT Large-scale Solar Auction is a major initiative of the Government. The construction cost of 40 megawatts of large-scale solar generation capacity in the ACT is estimated to be up to $200 million.

Such a major project necessitates a rigorous assessment process to ensure the best possible outcome for the Territory. This is not without cost and accordingly the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (ESDD) set funds aside to allow for a panel of expert consultants to review proposals. Provision was also made for the establishment of an independent Solar Auction Advisory Panel to oversee the assessment process and make recommendations to the Minister.

Prior to the closing date for prequalification proposals, the ESDD Solar Auction Secretariat conducted an industry briefing attended by some 150 interested parties. 49 prequalification proposals were subsequently received in Stage 1 of the Solar Auction. 10 proposals were submitted in the Stage 2 fast-track stream. All these proposals were considered in detail by the Secretariat, expert consultants and Advisory Panel.

While the fast-track stream outcome of the Solar Auction was announced in September last year, the regular stream process continues. 21 proposals are eligible for submission in the regular stream. The outcome of this process is due in mid-2013.

Trees—Kingston Foreshore

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Jones on Thursday, 28 February 2013): The Land Development Agency (LDA) has responsibility for trees that are located on land where the LDA is the temporary custodian..This is land that is either held as an LDA estate, or land that is typically scheduled for sale by the LDA, in any given year.

It would be difficult to quantify the number of individual trees that the LDA has responsibility for at any given time.

Trees—Kingston Foreshore

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Doszpot on Thursday, 28 February 2013): Please refer to the response to the Question Taken on Notice on 14 February 2013.

Any further questions relating to matters involving the Land Development Agency please refer to Minister Barr, Minister for Economic Development.

Canberra—centenary

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Smyth on Thursday, 28 February 2013): The idea of 100 balloons for the Centenary celebrations was a suggestion that was captured through community consultation in the early planning of the celebrations.

Whilst the community suggestion had merit, the logistical and operational constraints within Canberra's restricted airspace prevented this idea from becoming a reality.


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