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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1129..

Air pollution-alerts

(Question No 93)

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the "don't burn tonight" campaign run by Environment ACT:

(1) how many pollution alerts were issued to the media in 2001;

(2) on what days and times were these alerts issued;

(3) which media outlets were sent these alerts;

(4) which media outlets passed on these alerts to the public and in what manner; and

(5) are any changes proposed to the "don't burn tonight" campaign for Winter 2002.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) Three pollution alerts were issued to the media in 2001.

(2) These were issued on the 2nd, 3rd and 24th of August. The notice was faxed to the media by 3.30 pm to enable it to be included in afternoon/evening programming.

(3) The notices were sent to WIN, Prime, Ten, ABC Radio, 2CC, FM 104.7, FM 106.3, The Canberra Times, The Chronicle, The Valley View, Canberra City News. Note: The Valley View and the Prime & Ten Capital local news bulletins no longer exist.

(4) Prime, ABC Radio and 2CC broadcast the alerts. Radio interviews were also conducted with both radio stations regarding the campaign. Other stations may have passed on the alerts but they did not contact the EPA regarding the campaign.

The alerts were broadcast during Prime's weather bulletin and on ABC Radio & 2CC's afternoon and evening news bulletins.

(5) No. There are no changes proposed to the "don't burn tonight" campaign for Winter 2002.

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