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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4067 ..

Now that we have their feedback, we will be looking at those options and what further systemic improvements we can make to the shops.

MR CAIN: Minister, how can Charnwood residents have confidence that the government will get the job done when you fail to release the listening report and fail to repair the pavers you promised in 2016 to fix?

MR STEEL: Because we are going through the process of consulting with them and getting their views before we actually take action. We have shown in the budget that we are taking action on local shops, investing in 11 upgrades at local shops around Canberra.

Ms Lawder: What about the pavers in Charnwood—

MR STEEL: You did not commit to upgrading Charnwood shops in the election. The community can have confidence that we will do something, because they know that you never promise and you cannot deliver.

Electric vehicles—charging stations

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Emissions Reduction and relates to zero emissions vehicles. Can the minister give an update on the zero emissions vehicles charging master plan and how that will help us get a more rapid uptake of EVs?

MR RATTENBURY: I thank the member for the question. The document is currently being finalised and we expect to release it in the coming weeks. The document has been renamed the ACT Electric Vehicle Charging Outlook, and we have done that because it aims to provide guidance to the industry as we go out to market for the 50 public charging stations as well as guiding any future charging stations.

The document includes information on things like electricity grid capability, current and projected EV ownership by suburb and existing charging stations and dwelling types. This will inform those who come forward to bid when the government releases the tender for the 50 charging stations but also if other suppliers are interested in providing charging stations this information will be publicly and freely available about where people live, where the EVs are, where charging demand is. It will enable people to invest more readily in EV charging stations in the ACT.

We know that most EV owners in the ACT who live in detached homes will charge at home because they roll up to their garage and plug in. A key focus of the rollout of the 50 charging stations based on the research that has been done is to meet the needs of people who live in apartments. We have committed to ensuring that all new apartment buildings are EV-charging ready. Of course, we already have a range of apartment buildings that do not have that capability, so we need to make sure we think about where to position the public charging stations to make sure they are of maximum benefit to the people who live in apartments and want to have EVs.

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