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climate change and sustainability policies. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions through energy, paper, waste and water savings and recycling, for example, by providing strategic advice on reducing CIT’s environmental impact and through training programs. The committee inspected the CIT’s energy and water efficiency reduction improvements, including the rooftop solar array and interior electricity meters for power supply monitoring and student training.

The committee toured the emerging horticultural facility which is due to open in 2010 and learnt how it will have the latest in water efficient plantings and water harvesting and recycling processes and may even be carbon neutral. The facility will have large water tanks and will also collect stormwater run-off from car parks and divert it to a large retention pond within the grounds. It will use low energy lighting and will have buildings oriented to enable them to take advantage of solar power collection in future. The CIT also plans to have fruit and vegetable plantings for use in both its horticultural and hospitality training, and possibly the student canteen.

On behalf of the committee I would like to thank the staff at the CIT who participated in the visit and particularly Dr Colin Adrian, Ms Tracey Hayne, Mr Peter Kowald, Mr Geoff Bell, Ms Jane Cottee, Mr Ivan Radic, Mr Bill Martin, Mr Lee Madden, Dr Nicole Stenlake, Mr Glenn Carter and Mr Rod Brightman. We also thank the student representative, Ms Alexi Williams, who met with the committee.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 1—government response

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (11.07): Madam Deputy Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 1—Appropriation Bill 2008-2009 (No. 3)—Government response.

The report was presented to the Assembly on 24 March 2009. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I present the government’s response to the report of the Standing Committee on Public Account on the Appropriation Bill 2008-2009 (No 3). I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and, of course, the committee staff for the report that has been produced.

At the time of presenting the local initiatives package in the Assembly on 24 February, I spoke of a level of concern within the building and construction industry. These concerns arose from a series of roundtable meetings and discussions that government held with industry in late 2008 and early 2009. The local initiatives package provided a positive response to some of those concerns through the delivery of a modest package of work.

I note that industry has responded positively to the package and I thank them for their support. I will not take up the Assembly’s time by addressing each of the committee’s

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