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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6202 ..


(2) $600,000.00 GST exclusive. Currently 43 buildings have signed up for program through Letters of Agreement with an estimated $570,500.00 (GST exclusive) of the budget allocated.


Water—GardenSmart program(Question No 1230)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 18 November 2010:

(1) What is the target number of GardenSmart Program recipients under the program.

(2) Is the program on track to achieve that target; if not, why not.

(3) What is the budget for the program.

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

(1) The 2010/11 program has an estimated uptake of 1000 GardenSmart visits.

(2) In the context of behavioural programs the estimates of take-up are not targets but an upper limit based on funding available. Take-up rate is dependent on consumer behaviour and perceptions which in turn are influenced by economic conditions and weather. The only influence that the program manager can have on take-up rate is through promotion and awareness raising, which DECCEW undertakes for these programs.Uptake of the program this financial year has been slower than estimated. This is most likely due to increased rainfall in the region which in turn has taken focus away from the need to seek assistance in maintaining a healthy garden with less water. An extensive advertising campaign is currently underway to increase public awareness of the program and uptake.

(3) The 2010/11 budget is $322,764.00 GST exclusive.


Water—IrrigationSmart program(Question No 1231)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 18 November 2010:

(1) What was the target number of IrrigationSmart recipients under the program.

(2) Is the program on track to achieve that target; if not, why not.

(3) What is the budget for the program.

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


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