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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2689 ..

successful in the 2019 round, with initiatives ranging from a Reconciliation Day carnival with the ACT Softball Association to Reconciliation gardens at local schools.

(5) There are a number of ways for the community to be involved in Reconciliation Day, including attending Reconciliation in the Park on 27 May or by taking part in Reconciliation Day activities on and around Reconciliation Day.

(6) The budget for the Reconciliation Day initiative is $200,000, which comprises $150,000 for the event and $50,000 for a Reconciliation Day Grant Program. A number of the planned performers and vendors at Reconciliation in the Park are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, groups, organisations or businesses.

Of the 15 recipients of Reconciliation Day grants, seven are community groups, non-government organisations or individuals. Grants worth $11,500 went to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations while the remaining $45,074 went to mainstream organisations (noting that activities may be led or organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals within these organisations). The other eight grants were for local schools hosting reconciliation activities for their school community.

Light rail—electricity consumption(Question No 2503)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 17 May 2019:

(1) How much electricity did the light rail system use during its testing phase.

(2) How much electricity does the operation of the light rail system use during an average week.

(3) What does this represent as proportion of total electricity consumption in the (a) transport sector and (b) Territory as a whole.

(4) Was modeling undertaken to assess the increased demand of electricity in the ACT due to the introduction of the light rail system; if so, can a copy of the modeling be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Will the Government undertake modelling to assess the impact of Light Rail Stage 2 before it signs contracts, on the ACT’s electricity supply; if so, (a) when will that assessment be undertaken and (b) by whom.

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

(1) During the Testing and Commissioning phase (June 2018 to end of April 2019) 521,756 kWh of electricity was consumed.

(2) No actual electricity consumption figures are currently available for the initial operational period, but it is anticipated that the consumption figures will be similar to projected estimates. The projected electricity consumption for the Light Rail network during normal operations was calculated to be approximately 53,000 kWh per week or 212,000 kWh per month.

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