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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3284..


Emergency services

(Question No 1631)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 30 June 2004:

(1) Did the response to Question on notice No 1133 state that the (a) Belconnen Joints Emergency Services Centre, (b) Joint Emergency Services Training Centre and (c) Joint Emergency Services Centre, West Belconnen had not been scrapped; if so, is this still the case; if not, why not;

(2) Did part (2) of the response to Question on notice No 1133 state that funds for these projects will be expended in this financial year and that at the end of the second quarter $0 was the YTD expenditure on the training centre and Belconnen JESC, while only

$5 000 was spent on the West Belconnen JESC;

(3) Have any funds been spent on any of these projects since 31 December 2003; if not, (a) why not and (b) will the Minister meet his commitment for these funds to be expended this financial year.

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

(1) The response provided to Question on notice No 1133 stated that all of the projects had not been scrapped.

Since that time the Emergency Services Bureau has undergone considerable change in structure in its transition to the Emergency Services Authority (ESA).

As part of this transition the authority is undertaking a Strategic Basing Study to determine the best possible position for its response facilities over the medium to longer term. In relation to the Joint Emergency Services Centres, the outcome of this study will determine best options for these facilities and whether they be joint facilities or single service facilities.

With regard to the Joint Emergency Services Training Centre, the authority is currently considering a concept plan for the collocation of this facility with the new ESA headquarters. The authority expects to make a recommendation to government in relation to this proposal within the next three months.

(2) Due to the changed arrangements and transition to the ESA it was considered prudent not to expend funds on these projects until the impact of changes in both the response and planning needs of the community were fully understood. However, some funds have been expended on the development of the collocated training and headquarters facilities.

(3) As above.

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(Question No 1647)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:


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