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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (11 August) . .

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MR COE: Minister, how many polls and surveys has the ACT government commissioned on light rail since 1 January 2014?

MR CORBELL: I believe we have undertaken one survey during that time.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how much money has the ACT government spent on polls and surveys on light rail since 1 January 2014?

MR CORBELL: I believe these questions have been asked previously on notice, and answered. I refer the member to those answers.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, do you accept that many Canberrans are opposed to your plans for light rail?

MR CORBELL: I accept that the project is a contentious one but there are views both in favour and against, and the polls reflect that there are a variety of views and that this is a contentious project. That is not unusual for a project like this and, indeed, it was the experience in other cities that had first implemented their light rail projects as well.

Energy—renewable

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment. Minister, can you tell us about the large-scale wind auction you announced yesterday and how it will contribute to the 90 per cent by 2020 renewable energy target?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. Yes, yesterday I was very pleased to announce a further round of reverse auction to support the development of an additional 200 megawatts of wind energy generation to provide low cost, affordable and renewable energy for our city as we head towards our 90 per cent renewable energy target.

This auction allows us to take advantage of favourable market conditions to seize the opportunity for low cost renewable energy that will help us make that shift to a low carbon future, meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets, achieve our 90 per cent renewable energy target and fundamentally see jobs and investment in our city and in our community.

This latest auction round will see the delivery of that 200 megawatts. It opened yesterday; it will close at the end of September. I look forward to seeing the results of those bids and the assessment of the preferred bidders later this year or very early next year.


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