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Both PMSs contain instrumentation that continuously monitor levels of CO, NO2 and O3. PM10 is monitored at both PMSs whilst PM2.5 is only measured at Monash. They are not designed to monitor the data based on categories. Therefore, it is not possible to give the percentage of air pollutants.

(2) No. The Government can however provide data for the levels of the criteria pollutants over the last five years. This information is available both in the NPI annual reports and for the last three years in the ACT’s annual air quality report available on the Directorate’s web site.

I can inform the Assembly that there have been no exceedances of the CO, NO2 and O3 and PM10 standards during 2011. As with previous years there were exceedances of the PM2.5 daily advisory standard, with four in total.

(3) Data is collected daily and validated on a weekly basis (monthly for PM2.5). Since 2009 data from the Civic and Monash PMS have been included in the ACT’s annual report which is made publicly available through the ESDD website. Prior to 2009 only Monash data was included in the annual report which is listed on the Environment Protection and Heritage Council website at

(4) The highest levels of air pollutant levels reported in Canberra are in the Tuggeranong Valley. These levels are caused by wood heater emissions being trapped in the valley under stable atmospheric conditions.

(5) Data for the last five years is not available, however, the most recent data from the ABS Environment Issues publication: Energy Use and Conservation (March 2011) indicates the percentage of ACT dwellings using wood heating has fallen from 3.9%, (approximately 5000) in March 2008 to 2.3% (approximately 3000) in March 2011.

(6) The installation of a wood heater is likely to be exempt from requiring development approval unless, for example, there is a restriction on wood heaters in that suburb, or the proposed chimney or flue exceeds the height for exemption. Building approval from a private certifier will be required.

Land Development Agency—dividends
(Question No 2189)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 29 March 2012 (redirected to the Minister for Economic Development):

(1) In relation to a question taken on notice during the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services annual reports hearing on Tuesday, 29 November 2011, is the estimated four year $12.8 million impact on the Land Development Agency dividend based on the 2011-12 Budget or the 2011-12 Budget Review.

(2) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the $12.8 million impact for each year from 2011-12 to 2014-15.

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