Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1720 ..
This initiative will help public housing tenants to reduce their energy use and energy bills, as well as reduce emissions, by replacing over 200 old inefficient heaters with highly efficient systems. These will significantly reduce the energy costs of ACT residents who most need this help.
As of April 2018, 210 properties had had new appliances installed or will have them installed in the coming weeks. Mr Rattenbury and I were able to visit one of the first where the tenant had her heater replaced. She was excited at the prospect of having an efficient heating and cooling system in her home. But she was also excited that it would bring more comfort to her family and, in particular, reduce her energy bills. She was looking forward to using the savings to purchase Christmas presents for her family.
In addition, the energy efficiency improvement scheme trial in Housing ACT, through the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce, commenced in June 2017. It included installing window furnishings to newly constructed dwellings. This is a simple and effective way to reduce energy costs for tenants. New dwellings constructed for Housing ACT are built with a minimum six-star energy rating, with high-efficiency energy appliances installed. When purchasing existing properties, Housing ACT considers properties with an energy rating of at least three stars.
Madam Speaker, all the programs that the government has implemented demonstrate that you can improve outcomes for our environment while assisting the people who most need help. I look forward to continuing this work.
MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.14), in reply: In summary, I thank members for their contributions. Mr Coe made a few statements I would like to clarify. My motion today is not a carbon copy of the motion I moved last time. While they do both mention virtual power plants, this one is much broader than that. The focus is looking at making sure that the whole community is included in our transition to a sustainable climate future.
There are a range of actions included in this motion. I note that Mr Coe said he will not be opposing them, that the opposition supports everyone being included. But I must say that I am a little perplexed by the negativity in his speech. I hope he goes away and has a think about some of the things that have been raised in this debate. I think other members have put quite eloquently how this motion responds to quite a few of the issues that Mr Coe raised.
I think it is really important that as we transition to a climate sustainable future we include everyone in our community. I am proud to be part of a government that looks at including people and that is doing things. I call on the government to continue to take action and to identify new areas where this can be done.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
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MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (5.16), by leave: I move the motion as amended: