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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4609 ..


clubs. Just as the greyhound industry indicated their willingness to work with the government to ensure that those doing the right thing are not punished for the actions of those doing the wrong thing, the clubs industry in Canberra has also indicated time and again their willingness to work with government to ensure the best outcome.

This is a government that does not believe that anything they believe to be undesirable can exist. And this minister is now out to destroy our local clubs. The minister will tell us this is not true. But does anyone remember when this government told the community they were not going to ban greyhound racing? I do, and many others do.

This Labor-Green alliance operates by stealth. It does not care about those who disagree with it. It does not care about those who do the right thing. It does not care about those it considers beneath them or undesirable. This Labor-Greens alliance, on this front, is a disgrace and should be ashamed of the way that it has treated Canberrans who live their lives responsibly and do the right thing.

Ms Cheyne interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: No need for comments, Ms Cheyne.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Streetlight contract

Ministerial statement

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for City Services, Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Roads) (10.13): I welcome the opportunity to report back to the Assembly on the new maintenance contract for our streetlight network. On 6 September 2018, I had the pleasure of launching the streetlight energy performance contract replacement program, which will see over 45,000 streetlights upgraded to light-emitting diode technology, otherwise known as LED. The ACT government currently owns and manages around 80,000 streetlights on streets, footpaths and arterial roads and also in various public parks and open spaces across Canberra.

In 2015, the ACT government called for an expression of interest for the management of Canberra's streetlights to deliver combined solutions. Fourteen submissions were received with the objectives of reducing operation and maintenance costs, achieving improved energy efficiencies and environmental outcomes, and exploring innovative ideas in line with the government's smart city initiatives.

Seven companies were invited to progress further, through a request for tender calling for an energy performance contract solution. Following a rigorous procurement process, three companies participated in an interactive detailed facilities study, which was completed in August 2017. Electrix Pty Ltd was selected as the preferred tenderer and awarded the seven-year energy performance contract. On 6 April 2018, the territory executed the contract with Electrix, who commenced as the authorised contractor to operate and maintain the streetlight network on 1 May 2018.


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