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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 5948 ..


MR SESELJA: Is the gas-fired power station project being contemplated for anywhere in the Hume industrial estate and, if so, what evaluation has been undertaken about this proposal?

MS GALLAGHER: There are no proposals for a gas-fired power plant under consideration by the government other than under weathering the change, although I would draw members’ attention to the fact that consultation has started around the energy proposals for the Canberra Hospital. Those options include the current situation, a central energy plant and a central energy plant with cogeneration or trigeneration. As to what Mr Seselja’s question is about, there are no proposals before the government.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what notice will you give the residents of Tuggeranong and what consultation will you arrange for the residents of Tuggeranong about any proposal for a gas-fired power station?

MS GALLAGHER: There are no proposals. There is the document that is out for community consultation on five different pathways for consideration for meeting the targets that this Assembly has set.

I note the opposition’s interest in stirring up a little issue and doing what they do best. But this government take our responsibility to the community seriously.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: That is why we have put out a document for community—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Members! I cannot hear the Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: That is why the document is out for community consultation, and I would prefer to allow that process to continue and get the feedback from the community as per normal consultation processes before we provide additional information about the decisions the government will take.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what other sites in the ACT are under active consideration for a gas-fired power station?

MS GALLAGHER: There aren’t any, although, as I said, I draw your attention to the fact that we have started consultation on energy options for the Canberra Hospital


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