Page 5828 - Week 15 - Thursday, 10 December 2009

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For the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the software controlling the system can be adjusted, and is adjusted as needed to meet occupancy usage in some parts of the building. As part of the ACT Government upgrade of heating and cooling the controlling software will also be upgraded. This upgrade will provide the Department and its contractors with significantly improved control over energy use at the Centre for Teaching and Learning. It is expected that the new boilers, chillers and software will be commissioned before the winter of 2010.

Environment—building temperature settings
(Question No 463)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 10 December 2009:

(1) In relation to the main buildings of the Minister’s department, what temperature does the department set for summer and winter.

(2) Has the department trialled changed temperatures; if so, what energy savings and staff reaction were there.

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

(1) The majority of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services employees are located in two main government leased buildings, 11 Moore Street, Civic and Nature Conservation House, Belconnen. While temperature settings fluctuate slightly depending on the standard of the operating system and the outside temperature every effort is made to control the buildings between 20-22 degrees, summer and winter.

(2) Given the department’s endeavours to maintain a consistent year round temperature variation that promotes an acceptable working environment for a range of office administration tasks, a change in temperature has not been trialled at this time.

Roads—motorcycle safety
(Question No 464)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 10 December 2009:

(1) What road and engineering changes is the Minister making in the ACT to ensure that the potential for death or injury to motorcyclists is minimised.

(2) Is the ACT using the best/most successful roadside infrastructure, for example, signs, handrails and barriers etc, in terms of safety for motorcyclists.

(3) What is the Government’s policy regarding roadside infrastructure that best meets the safety requirements for motorcyclists, such as frangible roadside furniture.

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