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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 May 2018) . . Page.. 1708 ..

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


MS ORR (Yerrabi) (4.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) climate change is a challenge we must respond to through moving to renewable energy while improving energy efficiency of our built environment;

(b) the transition to a sustainable future is beneficial to everyone in our community but must also be accessible to everyone in our community; and

(c) the ACT Government is already undertaking a range of initiatives that improve the sustainability of our community and also assist more vulnerable people within our community, including:

(i) achieving higher energy efficiency for public housing dwellings through the Public Housing Renewal Program;

(ii) funding the Low Income Home Energy Efficiency Program which supports 1 000 households per year through draught proofing, in-house education and projects such as the Curtain Retrofit Project and appliance replacement programs;

(iii) a pilot program in 2017 which gave 200 public housing tenants access to more efficient heating and cooling systems under the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme;

(iv) supporting the current trial of a 400-home “virtual power plant” in the ACT and investigating opportunities to create a larger virtual power plant in the future;

(v) the Solar for Low Income Program which supports vulnerable households to install rooftop solar panels through a subsidy and interest free loan. In 2017-18 over 200 households will receive solar panels and an average household receiving solar will reduce energy costs by up to $900 per annum; and

(vi) Actsmart Home Energy Advice Service workshops which provide tailored support for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) continue to support everyone in our community particularly the most vulnerable Canberrans by improving energy efficiency in lower income and public housing; and

(b) explore further measures which could improve the sustainability of our city and enhance the wellbeing of our community.

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