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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4065 ..

Of course, as part of this, we are moving our buses, our dirty diesel buses, to a zero emissions future as well. We are in the process of procuring zero emissions battery electric buses, to make sure that we bring down the emissions profile of our bus fleet as well. Light rail runs at 100 per cent renewable electricity; it has from day one. It has meant that 20 per cent of trips in Canberra are powered by green electricity, which is absolutely fantastic. We want our dirty bus fleet to also be powered by that energy. (Time expired.)

MR PARTON: Minister, are you able to provide a summary of the environmental impacts and emissions of light rail stage 1 as compared to other alternatives?

MR STEEL: I refer the member to the benefits realisation plan for light rail stage 1, which is published on the website.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, will you do or commission any studies about the environmental impacts and emissions of light rail stage 2A? If not, why not?

MR STEEL: As part of the work that we are doing on major projects right around Canberra, we will make sure that we work to an ISCA rating or an equivalent green agency rating. Those are processes that we will go through to make sure that we can improve the sustainability of our projects going forward. At the heart of light rail is the will to try and get more people to use public transport, which is a much more efficient form of transport than the private car. It uses less energy to move more people around our city, and that is a great thing. That is why we want to expand the network.

With respect to the constant campaign that we have seen, there has been a pattern of behaviour in this place, with Mr Parton not being able to stand up and say that he actually supports light rail stage 2 to Woden. It is extraordinary; as the opposition spokesperson for public transport, it appears that he is against public transport.

Ms Castley: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, I was asking the minister about the environmental impacts of stage 2A—the building process as well, not just having the trams.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have anything to add, Minister?

MR STEEL: Madam Speaker, that is the purpose of the ISCA rating.

Municipal services—Charnwood shops

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. For more than six years, Charnwood residents have complained about the dangerous pavers at their local shops. People have fallen, have broken bones and have been hospitalised from buckled and cracked pavers. The local pharmacist regularly calls an ambulance. In 2016 your government said that it would fix the pavers, and Ms Berry did a photo-op, but the problems with dangerous pavers continue. The government

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