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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1234..


Health-asbestos taskforce

(Question No 83)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) What processes were involved in selecting a former Minister as the chair of the recently announced 19 member Asbestos Taskforce;

(2) What are the details of any remuneration or allowances to be paid to the Chair of the Taskforce.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Mr Wood was appointed Chair in accordance with provision 44D of the Dangerous Substances (Asbestos) Amendment Act 2004.

I appointed Mr Bill Wood as Chair of the Asbestos Assessment Taskforce. He has the appropriate skills and experience to undertake this important task. Mr Wood has had a long career in public service and is highly respected in the ACT community.

(2) The Chair of the Asbestos Assessment Taskforce is paid $35,000 per annum plus reimbursement of any reasonable and direct costs associated with his appointment.

Bushfires-recovery centre

(Question No 84)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) Following the closure of the Community Recovery Centre, what happened to the staff who were providing services and information for Canberrans affected by bushfires in 2003;

(2) Where are bushfire victims being referred to for ongoing support on continuing issues such as rebuilding physically and mentally;

(3) What advice have all of the bushfire victims received on how to seek assistance from the ACT Government after the closure of the centre;

(4) What ongoing support are community organisations receiving to strengthen community development programs;

(5) How many bushfire victims are still receiving assistance for counselling.

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

(1) The ACT Recovery Centre at Lyons was staffed by public servants from the ACT and Commonwealth, regional community service organisations, care organisations and private individuals. After the closure of the Recovery Centre, staff returned to their old jobs, moved to new areas or returned to private life. Some staff continued with the Bushfire Support Unit located within Chief Minster's Department.


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