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If Molonglo Valley was designed with older style less energy efficient 80 watt mercury vapour fittings for residential street lights and 42 watt compact fluorescent were installed, there would be a 51% energy saving by using the compact fluorescent street lights.

(2) The current policy is to change like-for-like globes as part of the street light maintenance program. New energy efficient luminaires are installed as part of the on-going capital upgrade program or if the fitting is damaged and cannot be repaired.

(3) $375,000 per annum is currently allocated to replace mercury vapour lighting. This funding is allocated as part of the annual capital upgrade program. To replace all mercury vapour lights based on the current funding may take up to 20 years.

(4) In the 2011-12 Capital Upgrade program, 619 light fittings were changed for new energy efficient street light fittings. The program achieved power savings of 88,400 kilowatts which yielded 87 tonnes of green house gas savings.

(5) Since 2007, $5.175 million has been spent on energy efficient street lighting. 9,605 mercury vapour fittings have been replaced which has saved 4.449 gigawatt hours of electricity which has yielded 4431 tonnes of greenhouse gas saved.

(6) Yes, there are programs to install path lighting throughout ACT. Priority areas are around Lake Burley Griffin including Bowen Park, Acton to Clunies Ross Street, Alexandrina Drive to Novar Street in Yarralumla, path from Dryandra Street to MacArthur Ave in O’Connor and the path adjacent to Belconnen Way in Bruce.

Plans are awaiting National Capital Authority approval for path lighting at the rear of Canberra Stadium between Dryandra Street and Haydon Drive.

Public open spaces are not generally lit unless there are special requirements, Glebe Park and town parks in major areas are exceptions.

(7) No, the ACT Government does not have any corresponding guidelines.

Cycling—bike paths
(Question No 2198)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2012:

(1) What share of the funding of the National Bike Paths Program has been allocated to the ACT.

(2) Is the ACT still waiting for receipt of any of the allocated funds.

(3) What part of these funds has been spent on upgrades to the ACT’s cycle path network.

(4) What remaining part of these funds has been committed to specific works, and what are these works.

(5) How much of the cycle path network funding since 2009 has been from ACT funding and how much from Federal funding.

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