Department of Culture and The Arts: Addressing Climate Change

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 5 April 2011]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Helen Morton

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS — ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE

Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Mental Health representing the Minister for Culture and the
Arts

(1) Is the Department of Culture and the Arts addressing climate change issues as it affects the
Department’s sectoral responsibilities?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) If yes to (1), which climate change issues have been identified as affecting the Department’s sectoral
responsibilities?

(4) In respect of each issue identified, how is it being addressed (please provide full details) in terms of —

(a) adaptation;

(b) mitigation; and

(c) modification of activities likely to maintain or increase the severity of the impacts of climate
change?

(5) In respect of each answer to (4) —

(a) how much funding has been allocated to this work;

(b) how many FTE staff have been allocated to this work; and

(c) how is success being measured?

(6) Regarding the answer to (5)(c), is this information publicly available?

(7) If no to (6), why not?

(8) If yes to (6) —

(a) where is it publicly reported; and

(b) how often is it updated?

Hon HELEN MORTON replied:

(1) Yes.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The key issue for the sector is the high level of energy consumption associated with maintaining
stringent environmental controls in the buildings that house the State's collections and performing arts
venues.

(4) (a) The Department is assessing options for retro-fitting existing building stock with technologies
that reduce energy and water consumption.

(b) The option of a central, more energy efficient, plant for the buildings and the Perth Cultural
Centre will be assessed.

(c) Building location and design and its impact on energy consumption are being addressed proactively
in the planning and design phases of proposed buildings. In addition, vehicle fleets
have been reduced, water wise initiatives introduced, recycling options introduced into public
spaces and reporting of energy and water consumption to relevant authorities is ongoing.

(5) (a) To date, $145,000 has been expended.

(b) In addition to the work from the consultants, staff from across the culture and arts portfolio and
from Building Management and Works have been working on this. Approximately 0.5FTE
were allocated in 2010.

(c) Work commenced with the bench-marking of existing energy usage profiles and assessment of
current air-conditioning plant and equipment. The feasibility of replacement options will be
tested against this baseline data.

(6) No — The assessment of options has not been concluded.

(7) When the assessment of the options has been finalised recommendations will be presented to
government.

(8) (a)-(b) Not applicable.