Page 4134 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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question he put to me, as he did today, we do take into account all the comments put to us during this planning process. As I said, we are in the draft planning process and we are listening to those who make comments.

MS LEE: Minister, have you ruled out potential residential land use in the East Canberra district?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will just repeat: these are draft strategies at the moment so we are not ruling anything out. We are looking at the opportunity to hear from the community on what they would like to see in their area and this is a focus for the directorate and for me as well.

Access Canberra—next gen energy storage program

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the Chief Minister. Last week I met with a number of businesses in Mitchell about delays in payments for next gen batteries. One business estimated they have over 150 batteries waiting for inspection by Access Canberra. As businesses are not paid their rebate until after the inspection, this business is out of pocket by more than $500,000.

The federal solar scheme pays business owners their rebate before an inspection. Will you amend the scheme so that businesses do not have to be out of pocket more than $500,000 because of your delays?

MR BARR: I will have a look at the issue and respond in due course.

MS CASTLEY: Chief Minister, what is the average time that businesses have to wait to be paid by the government after installing a battery?

MR BARR: I can get that data from the Sustainable Household Scheme, which is what I presume you are referencing. I do not have it in front of me. I will look at the matter.

MR MILLIGAN: Chief Minister, how many businesses are waiting for payments from the government for the batteries?

MR BARR: I would not imagine that there would be too many, as the total number of eligible suppliers is not a large number. It is not like it is thousands. I doubt that it would even be hundreds. It is likely to be less than dozens.

Retirement villages—dispute resolution

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney-General, what avenues are available for residents of retirement villages to be able to resolve disputes without having to resort to the courts?

MR RATTENBURY: There are actually a number of mechanisms available under the Retirement Villages Act. They are designed to, ideally, resolve matters informally, but there is scope for escalation if people are unable to resolve matters.

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