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(13) The sustainable diversion limits proposed for the ACT in the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan do not impact on the viability of domestic rainwater tanks.

(14) As urban development increases, the natural water cycle becomes modified. There is a dramatic increase in stormwater runoff and associated pollutants, causing serious degradation of our natural river systems. Using rainwater tanks to capture excess surface water generated by urban development helps to reduce these environmental impacts and create a water cycle more like the cycle that existed before urbanisation.

The substitution of potable water with rainwater also means that less water is extracted from the river system to create the potable supply.

(15) When taking the water saving potential and the other environmental benefits into account, the net benefit of domestic rainwater tanks is positive.

The ACT Government has implemented rainwater tanks as part of a strategy to diversify water supply sources and to reduce potable water consumption. There are also educative benefits relating to self managing water use of site and a greater appreciation of scarcity. The cost of rainwater tank installations have reduced significantly over the last few years as the industry has become used to the requirements and as the volume of supply has risen.

(16) The net benefit is positive.

Cultural Facilities Corporation—annual report
(Question No 1998)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 14 February 2012:

(1) In relation to the 2010-11 annual report of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and the social capital program, page 17, how is this scheme promoted.

(2) What is the annual budget in terms of the value of tickets to be made available.

(3) What criteria are used to determine entitlement to tickets.

(4) What feedback has the Corporation received in response to this program.

(5) Do independent event promoters participate in partnership with the Corporation; if so, to what extent; if not, why and to what extent is the Corporation encouraging such partnerships.

(6) What other opportunities does the Corporation consider viable under the social capital program.

(7) In relation to the Nolan Collection, page 18, what visitor numbers have been recorded for the Nolan collection since it was transferred to Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).

(8) How does this compare to visitor numbers when it was housed in the Nolan Gallery at Lanyon.

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