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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4085..


Mr Quinlan

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(a) & (b) The Government has developed strategies to achieve the mandatory 40% reduction in water usage for public schools, urban parkland and sportsgrounds under Stage 3 of the water restrictions scheme. It should be noted that in complying with the Government's policy to reduce water usage under Stage 3 restrictions, watering

times are not restricted to the hours and days as stipulated for private gardens. Agencies will be required to demonstrate that these savings are being achieved.

In relation to public housing tenants, the Utilities (Water Restrictions) Regulations 2002 stipulate that the occupier of the premises is responsible for any contravention of the water restrictions. The Housing Trust tenant would therefore be responsible for payment of any fine.

In accordance with the Regulations an offence against these regulations is a strict liability offence and penalties may be applied. In the event of non-compliance, the maximum penalty is $1000 for an individual and $5000 for a corporation.

As stated above for public housing tenants, the Regulations stipulate that the occupier of the premises is responsible for any contravention of the water restrictions. The tenant of a privately owned property would therefore be responsible for payment of any fine for contravention of water restrictions issued during their tenancy agreement.

However in the case of a residential complex governed and managed by a body corporate and which comprises owner occupiers and tenants, where a breach of the water restrictions has occurred, the responsibility for paying any fines rests with the body corporate.

Streetlights-hours of use

(Question No 929)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to lights in the large parking area behind the Civic Swimming Pool complex and directly opposite the National Convention Centre along Constitution Avenue (Section 6 Block 62):

Why were all of the lights that overhang the entire car park turned on in the middle of the day on Wednesday 3 September 2003;

For how long were these lights on during daylight hours;

Has this occurred in this parking area previously;

What is the cost per hour for having these lights on during daylight hours;

How many lights in total are there within this parking area.


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