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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . .

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The community participation group in the Community Services Directorate is responsible for the implementation of the grants we have talked about and has introduced a more flexible approach through which targeted funding can be distributed.

The ACT men's shed support grants program is the first of numerous specific grants programs to be implemented in 2014-15 under that series of grants. Other specific community support and infrastructure grants to be implemented this year include the digital Canberra grants program, financial support to Volunteering ACT, the community sector reform project and a general program to assist community groups upgrade their facilities and equipment.

Ms Gallagher: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Territory plan

Energy—renewable

MR GENTLEMAN: I have some matters arising from yesterday's question time. In response to Mr Hanson's question regarding the status of the Weston groups in the master plan, I can confirm that the master plan is being finalised and anticipate it will be released by the end of this year.

In response to Ms Lawder's questions on the Community Services Directorate's use of renewable energy, I draw the member's attention to the subscript against the zero figure in the report, which advises that the ACT Property Group purchased 7,530 megawatt hours of green power on behalf of the ACT government, representing five per cent of all the ACT government's energy consumption for 2013-14.

Further, I can confirm to Ms Lawder that renewable resources are being used in this financial year. The Community Services Directorate was included within the purchased ACT government allocation of green power. The ACT Property Group did not provide a break-up per directorate for annual reporting purposes.

I can also confirm for Ms Lawder that there are areas of CSD, such as West Belconnen Child and Family Centre, that generate substantial amounts of their own energy requirements through photovoltaic cells and small-scale wind turbines.

Personal explanation

MRS JONES (Molonglo): I would like to make a personal explanation as per standing order 46.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you claim to have been misrepresented?

MRS JONES: Yes, just slightly.


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