Page 865 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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MR STEEL: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. Whilst 4,000 kelvin is the current standard in the ACT, we will of course consider what is happening around the world in other cities. I know Mr Braddock has recently commented on the city of Salisbury, I believe, in the Adelaide region and what they are doing around warmer lights. We are interested in what case-by-case circumstances there are at particular locations where warmer lighting might be applied, such as 3,000 kelvin temperature. We are also interested in continuing to review how standards might be updated, so we are very interested to hear about any conversations Mr Braddock may be having with stakeholders that are interested in this and what may be considered best practice.
But at this point in time, based on previous advice from experts, TCCS is sticking with 4,000 kelvin to make sure we balance the safety and amenity for Canberrans going forward.

MR CAIN: Minister, what is the expected cost of implementing this change, and what savings are you expecting in the longer term?

MR STEEL: We are not planning to implement a change, but of course we are interested in what might be changing in other cities. We are interested in learning more about the science that Mr Braddock has alluded to. We are not planning on any change, but we are certainly interested in reviewing standards on an ongoing basis. That is part of a continuous improvement practice that Transport Canberra and City Services has.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! Can we listen to the minister answering!

MR STEEL: Of course, we will always need to balance the safety and amenity for citizens as well as taking into account other factors when determining the temperature of our luminaires.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Steel—against a chorus of noise.

Seniors—ACT Seniors Card

MS LAWDER: My question is to Minister for Veterans and Seniors. Minister, in July 2022 you wrote to me saying there was a planned upcoming review of the ACT Seniors Card program. In annual report hearings of 4 November 2022 we spoke about the review of the Seniors Card program. In answer to my question about the review, you indicated the review may be completed by March 2023. You said you were working with COTA ACT on the review. Minister, has the review been completed? If so, what are the next steps?

MS DAVIDSON: I thank Ms Lawder for the question and for her ongoing interest in making sure we are looking after older people in our community. Yes, we have been conducting an external review of the ACT Seniors Card program. That review is due to be delivered to the ACT government in March of this year. The ACT government will then consider the report in future planning for the Senior’s Card program. Once the review report is received there will then be a process for the ACT government to consider what our next steps for future planning for that program.

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