Page 4190 - Week 11 - Thursday, 21 September 2017

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It is important to recognise that there are different types of aluminium and aluminium composite panels (ACPs). Not all panels are combustible, pose a risk to occupants or are unlawfully installed. Publicly identifying individual buildings as having ACPs, which may be fully compliant and fit for purpose, may cause undue concern to owners and occupants of those buildings and their visitors.

Buildings that may be at risk of having non-compliant panels are currently being identified. Building owners will be contacted directly if the type of cladding is uncertain or there are compliance concerns.

In relation to the 23 questions that Ms Lawder asked, I did reply to Ms Lawder. This reply did not answer each of her questions in turn, however it did respond to the issue of cladding in as much detail as could be provided at that point in time, noting that when the reply was sent the Government was still in the process of setting up the cross-directorate working group. In my response to Ms Lawder I said the community would be kept informed of the working group, which I have done, as evidenced by my ministerial statement to the Assembly on August the 17th. I will continue to provide updates to the community on this important matter.

Renewable energy—review

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a question by Ms Lee on Thursday, 24 August 2017):

Through two competitive grant processes $2.6 million has been allocated among eight companies to support the installation of energy storage systems in ACT homes and businesses. The allocated funds can only be accessed by the installers once the systems have been installed and passed an inspection by Access Canberra. To date the Territory has been invoiced for $471,000 of the allocated grant amount. The program is expected to ramp up significantly over the coming months due to the improved availability of new technology in Australia.

Drugs—pill testing

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Thursday, 14 September 2017):

1. The proposal for pill testing considered by ACT Government was developed by a working group led by ACT Health with representation from ACT Policing, ACT Ambulance Services and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate. The working group was tasked with presenting options for the conduct of Pill Testing to ACT Government.

The established mechanism for consulting with the Commonwealth Government on ACT events, including those on Commonwealth land, is through the ACT Event Coordination Planning Group (ECPG). The ECPG is led by Access Canberra to ensure cross government coordination for events and event approvals in the ACT. The ECPG includes representation from the National Capital Authority.

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