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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6182 ..

(1) Yes.

(2) Detailed records are not kept however it is estimated that less than 10% of all roadworks in the ACT are carried out using recycled materials.

(3) Yes.

(4) For new works, the estimating and tendering process determines the most economic cost for roadwork projects.

For maintenance works materials selection is assessed on a case by case basis, taking into account cost, serviceability, practicality and environmental and other considerations. Use of recycled materials has priority where other factors are comparable. One recent example is the use of recycled concrete for resurfacing of a gravelled section of Boboyan Road, undertaken as part of the 2009/10 re-sealing program.

(5) The Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) is currently reviewing its design standard and specification for road pavement works. Increased use of recycled materials forms part of the scope of this review.

(6) The current review of TAMS’ standards and specifications is consistent with the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(7) No, the use of asbestos in this way is not considered feasible in the light of tight environmental restrictions and the creation of contaminated sites where asbestos is stored.

(Question No 1206)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 21 October 2010:

(1) What are the types and percentages of lights used in the ACT’s traffic lights and street lights, for example, how many are light-emitting diodes, mercury vapour bulbs and/or high pressure sodium.

(2) What plans does the Government have for upgrading traffic and street lights in Canberra to more energy efficient and environmentally friendly lights.

(3) What is the Government’s policy regarding the type of lights used in street and traffic lights, and are there any plans to review and change this policy.

(4) What estimations has the Government done quantifying the amount of money the Territory could save by upgrading bulbs in street lights and traffic lights to more energy efficient models.

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

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