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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4379 ..


Skywhale—flights

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question and a supplementary questions by Mr Smyth and Mrs Jones on Wednesday, 29 October 2014): Global Ballooning negotiated a community rate for a number of community events, including for appearances at the Canberra Glassworks and the University of Canberra, The rate was applicable on the condition that volunteers were mobilised to provide support to Global Ballooning with balloon inflation and deflation, and crowd management.

The standard rate for an appearance of The Skywhale is $3500. The rate negotiated by Global Ballooning for the Canberra Glassworks was $1860 and $1800 for the University of Canberra.

Global Ballooning offered a special appearance rate of $1860 to the Ainslie Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre on the condition that volunteers were available to support Global Ballooning at the appearance. The appearance at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre was cancelled on the day due to unfavourable weather conditions.

Global Ballooning charged the Tuggeranong Arts Centre a fee for a cancelled appearance. This fee was $465.30 to cover the pilot’s time (on site for three hours) and use of equipment.

Roads—resurfacing

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Tuesday, 21 October 2014): The target for territorial roads was met or exceeded in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11 and the target for municipal roads was met in 2007-08.

Environmental upgrade agreement program

Mr Corbell (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Lawder on Wednesday, 29 October  2014):

(1) The advice provided by the directorate in April of this year, following on from consultation with various councils in New South Wales and Victoria who have implemented environmental upgrade agreements (EUA’s), was that the value of implementing an EUA program in the ACT is limited due to:

• the large proportion of Government buildings who do not pay rates and have Commonwealth efficiency mechanisms and commitments;

• the comparatively smaller size of Canberra’s CBD (and low number of large commercial buildings) to other jurisdictions, thus the program would be unlikely to yield more than 2 to 4 agreements within a 3 year period;

• establishing and administering the program would require a budget bid for a program officer for 2-3 years, and with advice from other jurisdictions indicating up to two years of ground work before agreements were signed, the considerable use of resources is likely to result in minimal action.

The directorate is continuing to explore options of administering this program in a cost effective and resourceful way, possibly cost sharing an EUA officer for both the ACT and South-East NSW or streamlining the process through lessons learned in other jurisdictions.


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