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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 18 March 2010) . . Page.. 1193 ..

(2) Is the department following the program as outlined in the report.

(3) In relation to Table 3 in the report which lists ranked thermal improvements, can the Minister advise me how many have been carried out to date and what her program for them is into the future.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Housing ACT collects most of the information included in section 4.1 Monitoring and Evaluation Program, however it does not collect energy bill data. As energy bills are paid by the tenants, this information is a private matter between tenants and their preferred energy provider. Housing ACT will invite a select number of tenants to allow approval to access energy records. The information will be used to assess the effectiveness of the energy improvements installed. The assessment will take place during 2010-11 having allowed sufficient time after installation for their effectiveness to be determined.

(2) Based on recommendations from the report, Housing ACT has developed an action plan to undertake improvements to public housing properties. This action plan focuses on building shell improvements such as ceiling insulation, wall insulation (for larger homes), draught sealing and the installation of efficient hot water systems. Other items such as double glazing, awnings and drapes are not currently economically feasible. Once building shell improvements have been implemented Housing ACT will consider the installation of more efficient heaters.

(3) As at 17 February 2010, 703 public housing properties have had thermal improvements installed. All Housing ACT properties will have draught sealing undertaken and their ceiling insulation checked and topped up as necessary. Brick veneer properties with four or more bedrooms will also have wall insulation installed. Housing ACT will continue to provide thermal improvements to its properties expecting to have completed improvements to all properties by the completion of the program in 2017.

Government—ministerial travel(Question No 563-583)

Mr Seselja asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

(1) How many official trips were made by the Minister from 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009.

(2) What was the (a) date, (b) trip length, (c) destination, (d) total cost, broken down by travel allowance and airfares, and (e) purpose for each trip.

(3) How many staff accompanied the Minister of each trip.

(4) If staff did accompany the Minister, what was the total cost of the trip, broken down by travel allowance and airfares.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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