18/04/2012

 

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Minister for Planning, Mr Guy. In the coalition's policy on planning, it committed as follows:
     Work with building associations and relevant stakeholders to assess the most effective way of meeting Victoria's COAG agreement to support 6-star minimum energy efficiency standards for both new and significantly renovated residential and commercial buildings.
     Support the transition of all existing housing stock to meet an average of 5-star energy rating. 

Can the minister update the house as to what progress he has made in his time in the portfolio to achieve those two policy outcomes? 

 

Hon. M. J. GUY (Minister for Planning) -- It is a very good question. I have had a number of discussions with industry groups about achieving not just with existing housing stock but certainly new housing stock a transition to a higher star rating -- -- 

 

Mr Tee -- What's the Treasurer's view? 

 

Hon. M. J. GUY -- Is Mr Tee putting his head up again? 

 

Mr Tee -- I am asking what is the Treasurer's view? 

 

Hon. M. J. GUY -- I advise Mr Barber that we have had a number of discussions both with my department and of course with industry groups to ascertain first of all what would need to be done with the existing stock and what would need to be done with new stock to bring them up to those requirements. There are some issues around commercial buildings, which we are having a look, but I believe it is on track. We will have an outcome, which will not take two or three months, but it will be an outcome certainly within this term of government. 

 

Supplementary question 

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I thank the minister for giving us that update. The original commitment actually said to 'work with building associations and relevant stakeholders'

Would the minister consider that environment groups who have had long-running campaigns to promote the idea of upgrading our housing stock, such as the One Million Homes Alliance here in Victoria, would be relevant stakeholders? Would the minister be willing to meet with them to discuss this policy? 

 

Hon. M. J. GUY (Minister for Planning) -- Yes.