Page 3531 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 October 2022

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Of those who do not currently have a wood heater in their home, 9% said they have already replaced or removed a wood heater or decommissioned a fireplace. The main reasons for this were for environmental reasons (54%) and the mess/hassle associated with a wood heater (37%).

ACT government rebate program/scheme

47% of all respondents are aware of the Wood Heater Replacement Program while 37% are aware of the Sustainable Household Scheme. 40% are not aware of either program/scheme.

Among wood heater owners, the majority (66%) say the Wood Heater Replacement Program would make no difference in encouraging them to replace/remove it. 2% say it would make them a lot more likely, 13% somewhat more likely and 14% a little more likely.

Air quality in the ACT

53% of all respondents rate the air quality in their suburb as Excellent/Very good, while 24% rate it as Fair/Poor during the Winter months.

44% of all respondents rate the air quality across Canberra as Excellent/Very good, while 20% rate it as Fair/Poor during the Winter months.

52% of all respondents say they have been impacted by smoke from a neighbour’s wood heater (14% frequently), while only small proportion of those impacted) have ever made a complaint (8%).

45% agree that the ACT Government should do more to monitor air quality while 15% disagree and 35% are neutral.

Regulation of wood heaters

The majority of respondents are not aware of current regulations, including that only wood heaters that meet certain emissions standards can be legally sold in the ACT (58% unaware); that firewood merchants are regulated (72% unaware); that building approval is required to install a wood heater (54% unaware) and that the ACT Government has prohibited wood heaters in suburbs within the Molonglo Valley, Dunlop and East O’Malley (72% unaware).

54% of all respondents would support a gradual phase out of wood heaters across all suburbs in the ACT, while 24% would oppose such action, 21% are neutral and 1% can’t say.

Of those who oppose a gradual phase out approach, 35% support a requirement to remove older wood heaters that don’t meet current emission standards, while 44% oppose and 21% are neutral.

Municipal services—graffiti
(Question No 945)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 21 October 2022:

How many (a) graffiti incidents have been reported through the Fix My Street website,
(b) days on average did it take for graffiti to be removed once it was reported and

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