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Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs power costs: For 2004-05 financial year, electricity $357,973; in 2005-06, electricity $606,963; 2006-07 electricity costs at $485,005

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

ALP MP Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Mal Brough, in Federal Parliament, in writing on 7 December 2006 for the electricity and water usage tally in the Minister’s department. Providing the statistics, Brough added that his department had implemented various measures to cut water usage including the installation of waterless urinals in one large departmental site, installation of dual flush toilet systems in new fitouts where possible and reducing the watering of landscaping.

Department costs, please: Thomson asked:

(1) For each financial year since 1 July 2004, what sum has the minister’s department spent on (a) electricity and (b) water;

(2) Since 1 July 2000, what measures has the department instigated to reduce electricity and water usage?

July 2004-December 2006 date range: Brough replied: “The information below provides the identifiable amount spent on electricity and water for each financial year from July 2004 until 31 December 2006. The figures provided relate to the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and its predecessors as Machinery of Government changes have occurred in that time.

• For the 2004-05 financial year, identifiable costs (which are not comprehensive) were: electricity $357,973 and water $12,608;

• In 2005-06 costs were electricity $606,963 and water $9,396 and;

• In 2006-07 (to 31 December 2006), electricity costs have been $485,005 and water $66,666.

Measure to cut usage available in data online: In the majority of leases held by FaCSIA, the cost of supplying water is included in the overall lease outgoings and is not separately identifiable. In the case of electricity, the majority of leases identify electricity charges as a separate and identifiable cost. The measures instigated by the department to reduce electricity and water usage since 2001 are outlined in the Department’s Sustainability Reports for 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05. These reports can be accessed at: http://www.facsia.gov.au/triplebottomline/2005/glance/index.html.

Electricity usage reduction measures: “Electricity reduction measures include installation of state of the art air-conditioning and lighting systems in the new Centraplaza building, retrofitting double halophosphor tube lighting to single tube lighting in some sites, reducing the number of older stand-alone office peripherals such as printers and faxes, replacing older appliances with more energy efficient versions and the replacement of cathode-ray tube computers with liquid crystal display screens on all new and replacement computers”.

Water usage reduction measures: “Water reduction measures include the installation of waterless urinals in one large FaCSIA site, installation of dual flush toilet systems in new fitouts where possible, turning off water features, reducing the watering of landscaping and the implementation of staff awareness initiatives aimed at reducing water consumption”.

Reference: Kelvin Thomson, Member for Wills, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth; Mal Brough, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Member for Longman, Liberal Party of Australia, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 17 September 2007

Erisk Net, 17/9/2007

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