Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2094 ..
aspects of key legislation by removing any ambiguity about the regulatory environment in which the successful proponent from the current procurement process will operate.
The amendments contained in the bill relate to both the Utilities Act 2000 and the Electricity Safety Act 1971, which form the regulatory framework for the streetlight network in the territory. The Utilities Act amendments will allow streetlight service providers uniform access to streetlight infrastructure and clarify the definition of the streetlight network and the purpose of the streetlight network code. The amendments allow the Minister for Transport and City Services to approve a framework agreement between the ACT government and the ACT electricity distributor.
The bill also contains amendments to the Electrical Safety Act to clarify how streetlight service providers can comply with the relevant wiring standards that apply in the territory to the streetlight network. It does not change the wiring standards.
Before I commend the bill to the Assembly, I advise that in the detail stage I will move a government amendment to rectify the drafting of clause 9 to better clarify what constitutes “infrastructure of the streetlight network”. This amendment is minor and technical in nature. The intention of the amendment is not to make a significant policy change, but rather to provide clarity and certainty around the definition of a streetlight network.
This minor amendment makes it clear that the streetlight network is defined as being inclusive of both the infrastructure for the provision of street lighting and infrastructure used to deliver services related to street lighting. The overall package of amendments across the various legislation reinforces the government’s commitment to improving the streetlight network and collectively helps to ensure a robust regulatory framework is in place going forward. I commend this bill to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (11.12): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move an amendment to this bill as it is minor and technical in nature.
MR BARR: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name and table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendment [see schedule 1 at page 2140].