Page 4028 - Week 12 - Thursday, 20 October 2005

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(1) What is the total cost for the new environmentally-friendly lighting at Lake Tuggeranong foreshore, as reported in the Southside Chronicle on 9 August 2005;

(2) Will this style of lighting be installed in other locations around Canberra in the future; if so, where are these locations; if not, why not;

(3) Will the lights require more maintenance expenditure than the previously installed lights; if so, why;

(4) Is it stated that use of the new lights reduces light wasted in the night sky by over 50 percent; if so, how is less light wasted to the night sky, and why was this not implemented earlier;

(5) Is it stated that use of the new lights reduces energy consumption; if so, how is this achieved and why was it not implemented earlier;

(6) Are the columns the lights are constructed out of made from recycled aluminium and has this type of material been used before; if so, on how many occasions and where; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The total cost for stage one of the Tuggeranong foreshore lighting upgrade was $105,000.00.

(2) Yes. Roads ACT are considering installing this type of lighting at further locations at the Tuggeranong foreshore and also in the Woden town park, Belconnen foreshore and areas in Civic.

(3) No.

(4) Yes. Modern luminaries are designed to cut off upward light and redirect it towards the ground. The new luminaries at the Tuggeranong foreshore limit upward wasted light to less than 3% of the luminaries output.

(5) Yes. The more efficient luminaries and lamps used at the Tuggeranong foreshore will eventually save over $3,700/year in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36 tonnes/year.

(6) No. The new columns are made from new aluminium that may be recycled. This type of column has been used before in the ACT at the Section 84 development in Civic.

(Question No 599)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 20 September 2005:

(1) In relation to a media release by the Minister on 28 August 2005 regarding police issues, if the average expenditure on police services per person for the ACT is $270, well above the national average of $259, why is the level of full-time equivalents that are provided to the ACT well below the national average;

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