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Monday, February 20, 2006

Gas Rollout To Benefit Public Housing Tenants - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Gas Rollout To Benefit Public Housing Tenants - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Around 2,300 Housing Tasmania properties could be connected to Powerco’s natural gas network within the next 18 months.

Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said the Tasmanian Labor Government through Housing Tasmania and Powerco have agreed to the connection of public housing homes to natural gas at no cost to tenants.

“This is great news for thousands of Tasmanians on low incomes who by using natural gas can save around $100 or more each year in hot water costs alone.

“Around 4,300 of Housing Tasmania’s 11,500 properties are located in areas where natural gas is currently being rolled out by Powerco.

“Besides delivering real energy savings for Housing Tasmania tenants this decision will give Powerco another opportunity to demonstrate to the Tasmanian community the benefits of using clean and cheap natural gas.”

Ms Giddings said Housing Tasmania will write to all of their tenants with details of the natural gas rollout, and advise tenants what they need to do should they decide to connect to natural gas.

“Housing Tasmania will install natural gas hot water heaters to replace existing appliances as they reach the end of their life cycle.

“Based on current maintenance cycles, it is expected that around 650 new natural gas water heaters could be installed over the next 18 months.

“A further 450 public housing properties could be connected to the natural gas supply as they fall vacant between tenancies, and it’s expected up to 1,200 additional homes will be connected by tenants choosing to take up this great offer.

“The cost of connecting public housing homes to the natural gas supply will be shared between Housing Tasmania and Powerco, with 2,300 connections expected to cost Housing Tasmania around $700 000.”

Housing Tasmania will advertise for tenders for the supply and installation of natural gas water heaters in its homes on 25 February 2006.


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