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(4) Given that Weathering the Change Action Plan 1, Action 28 states that all government agencies will review their operations and infrastructure to identify climate change related impacts/risks and develop strategies to address them, (a) which government agencies have completed vulnerability assessments, (b) what policies have been implemented as a result of vulnerability assessments that have been undertaken and (c) are vulnerability assessments available on agency websites as public ‘documents; if not, why not and where are they available.

(5) Given that Weathering the Change Action Plan 1, Action 30 states that the ACT Government will, in partnership with New South Wales, undertake a vulnerability assessment of the ACT and surrounding region, and that a final report will be completed by 2010, (a) what progress has been made on this report, (b) has a draft report been completed and (c) is it anticipated that there will be a public consultation period.

(6) In relation to Weathering the Change Action Plan 2, (a) when will consultation commence and (b) how long will consultation run for.

(7) What aspects of the Federal Government’s proposed carbon tax will impact on the delivery of the ACT’s energy policy and Weathering the Change Action Plan 2.

(8) Will the Government be waiting until a carbon tax is fully legislated before releasing and implementing Action plan 2; if not, when will this occur.

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

(1) (a) To date $17.6m has been allocated and is made up as follows:

$4.0m from the Schools Infrastructure Refurbishment program;

$1.6m allocated to non-government schools;

$2.0m from the Solar Schools Program; and

$10m ($1.0m/year for 10 years) from annual Capital Upgrades Program.

(b) 84 government schools have had energy audits prepared. 73 government schools have received a water audit.

(c) 34 non-government schools have received a water audit.

(d) (i) 76 government schools have signed up to the AuSSI program out of 84 government schools.

(ii) 38 non-government schools are part of AuSSI out of 44 non-government schools.

(e) (i)&(ii) A data collection survey is being prepared which will request details from schools on such matters as the development of School Environmental Management Plans, level of integration and reporting on Education for Sustainability and participation in composting. The survey will be distributed to all schools in May 2011.

(f) (i) The capture and evaluation of energy data from schools to accurately determine the effectiveness of greenhouse gas emissions savings programs is currently under development. Total annual greenhouse gas emissions of government schools decreased by 944 tonnes (3 per cent) between 2007-08 and 2008-09.

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