Page 2258 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 22 June 2011

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Of course, the government are not just using the outreach program to achieve these outcomes. We have also launched the ACTSmart suite of programs, which gives all households, not just low income households, access to energy efficiency advice, audits and rebates to assist with energy efficiency measures in the home. This is a very important outcome.

Of course, the government also continues to promote to consumers the opportunity to purchase green power as part of their normal electricity purchase. In the ACT we now estimate that we have a significant number of households contributing to green power purchase. It is estimated that the number of households benefiting from that program is quite extensive.

In relation to the outreach program, we estimate that that outreach program will achieve a reduction of 1,000 megawatt hours of electricity consumption in the first year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions just amongst those low income households by over 915 tonnes per annum.


MR SPEAKER: Before we come to Ms Le Couteur with the next question, I would like to point out to members that we have a group from the University of the Third Age joining us at the Assembly today and witnessing question time. I welcome you again to the Assembly.

Members: Hear, hear!

Questions without notice

Planning—Glebe Park

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for planning and is in regard to Glebe Park. Given that the lease for the southern part of Glebe Park, block 24 section 65, city, contains an overdue commitment from the owner of the site to spend a million dollars on constructing parkland, what will the government do to enforce this lease and what other compliance issues are there in relation to the site?

MR CORBELL: The government has been very clear in relation to the development approval that has been granted for that part of the area adjacent to the Glebe Park apartments. It is not part of Glebe Park. It is privately leased land adjacent to the designated Glebe Park area. The obligation is on the developer, the owner, to construct a car park for public access to Glebe Park as well as to service the adjacent Glebe Park apartments and to provide a million dollars worth of landscaping works as part of that activity as well.

The government will be making it very clear and have already made it very clear to the leaseholder that we expect that approval to be acted upon, that we expect those works to be undertaken. We will follow that through with the usual compliance activity and options that are available under the relevant planning legislation.

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