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Energy—gas connections
(Question No 3047)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, upon notice, on 5 June 2020:

What is the number of dwellings in the ACT, by dwelling type, (a) connected to the natural gas network and (b) not connected to the natural gas network.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(a) In 2016 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recorded 155,263 private dwellings in the ACT1, with 95,520 ‘separate houses’; 25,280 ‘semi-detached or townhouse’ type dwellings; 21,405 ‘flats or apartments’ and 194 ‘other dwellings’. The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorates integrated emissions reduction pathways model, used to inform the development of the ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025, projected the number of total private dwellings to reach 166,863 in the year 2020.

At the end of Q2 2019-20 the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) recorded 124,520 residential gas customers in the ACT, between the three gas retailers – Evoenergy, Energy Australia and Origin Energy2 . In its Gas Network 2021 Draft Plan, Evoenergy reports a total of 150,000 residential and small business gas customers in the ACT3 . This number is larger than the number quoted by AER because it includes small business as well as residential connections. The number of gas customers in Q2 2019-20 cannot be reconciled with the 2016 ABS household dwelling data, as the data for gas connections is not specified at the dwelling type level, nor is it applicable across years.

(b) The number of dwellings in the ACT connected to the natural gas network is best estimated using the data reported by the AER for residential gas customer connections, however; the number of dwellings not connected to the gas network cannot be definitively stated.





Environment—Mugga Lane tip
(Question No 3048)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 19 June 2020:

(1) Can the Minister please advise when the ACT Government and/or its contractors changed from capping the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre tip face with soil, to capping the tip face with tarpaulins.

1(2) What was the reasoning behind this change taking place.

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