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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 November 2017) . . Page.. 5105 ..

confusion for those wishing to make submissions and/or contribute to either the government or the committee’s processes.

Consequently, the committee will not be continuing with its inquiry into housing. However, the committee continues to take issues regarding housing in the ACT seriously and will actively follow the government’s deliberation on these issues. The committee anticipates that it will be further involved in the future and in particular if any territory plan variations are recommended as a result. The committee wishes to thank those who have already contributed to the inquiry and encourages all Canberrans to take an active interest in contributing to the various community engagement processes that will inform government policies and frameworks around housing and planning.

Ministerial delegation—Germany and Spain 2017

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (12.02): I rise this afternoon to report to the Assembly on the delegation I led to Germany and Spain from 16 to 21 October. The delegation focused on meeting with our partners in the first stage of the light rail project, on technologies and developments in public transport, renewable energies and smart cities.

This delegation provided an opportunity to build on the work being undertaken by the territory government in transforming public transport in Canberra to provide a sustainable, affordable and innovative system with excellent services and facilities so that Canberrans can move around our city with ease. While most previous ACT government transport investment has focused on road infrastructure, we are taking action now to ensure that new technologies are implemented. The government’s decision to build light rail, purchase new buses and introduce a new ticketing system are some of the steps we are taking to ensure that public transport in Canberra is an attractive option.

The ACT is uniquely positioned within Australia to move quickly to realise the advantages from new transport technologies around the world, and this mission provided an opportunity to meet with Deutsche Bahn in Berlin, Germany, the operator for our light rail system. Deutsche Bahn operates an extensive network of international, regional, local and underground train services as well as light rail and buses. We were provided with an overview of DB’s international operations capability and an insight into the types of world leading technology we can look forward to them bringing to Canberra.

We were also provided with an interesting presentation on DB’s most recent innovations and successes, including new initiatives in urban development, mobility innovations, intelligent cities and new directions in public transport infrastructure. DB also presented on smart microgrids and their importance for smart cities. Microgrids are small-scale versions of the centralised electricity system. They achieve specific local goals, such as reliability, carbon emission reduction, diversification of energy sources and cost reduction, established by the community being served. Like

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