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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1398..


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Water efficient shower heads

(Question No 429)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice:

In relation to rebates for water efficient shower heads:

(1) How many Canberrans have taken up the Government's offer of buying water efficient shower heads and receiving the $30 Government rebate;

(2) How much has this scheme cost the Government in total, that is in rebates, advertising of the scheme and any other associated costs;

(3) Is there a budget for this program and if so, has it been exceeded, or not;

(4) How many extra employees, if any, were needed in the Department of Urban Services to process rebates;

(5) Is this offer still open to Canberra residents, if so, how much longer is the offer open for, if not, when did the offer close.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the Member's questions are as follows:

(1) Approximately 2,700 applications were processed for rebates on an estimated 4,000 showerheads (applicants could apply for up to 2 showerheads with a rebate of up to $30 rebate on each.).

(2) The total cost is estimated at $136,000, comprising $111,000 in rebates and $25,000 in administrative, advertising and evaluation costs.

(3) The original budget for the program was $113,000. ACTEW Corporation has agreed to meet the costs that exceed this budget allocation.

(4) No extra employees were needed within the Department. The rebates were processed by the Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT), the contracted provider of the Government's energy advisory service.

(5) The offer closed on 12 January 2003.


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