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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 March 2010) . . Page.. 1040 ..

It is worth noting at this point that it is unrealistic to aim to phase out wood heaters altogether. It is important to remember that wood heaters are still the only form of household heating for some residents in the Tuggeranong Valley in particular and it may be that it is simply out of the question for these residents to take advantage of the wood heater replacement program, or any other program on offer, for various reasons.

It may also be the case that regulations concerning instalment of new wood heaters is entirely appropriate. However, again it would be very important to review all avenues in terms of making installers, suppliers and homeowners aware of these regulations.

As I have said before, it is unrealistic to get rid of wood heaters altogether. However, we can work towards making the public aware of the alternatives and how to use wood heaters in an efficient manner. I will move the amendment circulated in my name and it is the opposition’s decision that we are amenable to the proposed amendments that Mr Corbell will move to point (d) of paragraph (2) of our amendment. I am not sure if I have seen your amendment, Mr Corbell. I move:

Omit all words after paragraph (1)(c), substitute:

“(d) notes comments from the Commissioner for sustainability and the environment that the issues are complex and that, in certain instances, wood heaters are an appropriate form of heating; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) review existing programs that are intended to reduce the generation of wood smoke in the Tuggeranong Valley;

(b) review programs that are used in other jurisdictions to enhance air quality;

(c) consult with relevant stakeholders in conducting this review;

(d) make PM10 and PM2.5 levels publicly available as they are measured; and

(e) report back to the Assembly by the last sitting day in September 2010.”.

MR CORBELL (Ginninderra) (5.06): I move the following amendment to Mr Doszpot’s proposed amendment:

Omit paragraph (2)(d), substitute:

“(2) (d) subject to resourcing and technical implications, make PM10 and PM2.5 levels publicly available on a daily or weekly basis;”.

Mr Doszpot: I think that may be a typo; it should be 2(d), should it not?

MR CORBELL: Yes. That has been supplied to the Clerk. I am not sure if it has been circulated, but just for the clarification of members the amendment that I originally circulated as substituting 2(c) should now read to substitute 2(d). The rest of the amendment is unchanged.

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