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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 764..


Bushfires-cost

(Question No 70)

Mrs Dunne asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

In relation to the cost of the recent Christmas Fires, can you provide a detailed breakdown of costs incurred to the ACT Government in relation to the Christmas fires as alluded to in your media release of 14 January 2002.

Mr Quinlan: As the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections, the answer to the member's question is as follows:

The total cost of these fires is substantial by any calculation and the success of the response by ACT Agencies and supporting jurisdictions can be measured by the minimal loss of property and minimal injuries to the community and firefighters.

I am sure the Member will appreciate that the cost of such a response is difficult to capture and is in fact made up of many hundreds of cost items which I do not propose to drill down into. However I can break the major costs down into a number of items and those details follow:

Detail Total

$'000 $'000

Capital Costs 60

� Bambi Water Bucket 30

� Floating Pump 9

� Radios, long antennae & slim batteries 21

Employee Expenses 50

� Firefighters, COMCEN, Ambulance,

Workshop and Admin Support 50

Helicopter Hire 85

� Jayrow, Venture, SouthCare 85

Fire Retardant Foam 50

� 17 Pallets 50

Repairs/Replacement of Fire Hoses 70

� Replacement Hose 60

� Nozzle Repair 10

Interstate Response 30

� CFA accommodation and meals 13

� Airfares 3

� Consumables and interstate 14

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