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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1611..


(3) (a) 6

(b) 1

Please see further information at Attachment A.

ATTACHMENT A

Question 1

Total Number of burns planned between 2002 and 2004 was 29.

This includes burns derived both from the 2002-04 Bushfire Fuel Management Plan and the Addendum to the fuel management plan produced after the 2003 fires.

Question 2

Total number of burns undertaken between 2002 and 2004 was 8.

The 8 burns completed were made up of 11 separate blocks.

In addition to the 8 burns completed:

15 of the planned burn areas were burnt by the 2003 fires and hence did not require hazard reduction burning.

1 of the planned burn areas was cleared as part of the GDE and hence did not require hazard reduction burning.

1 of the planned burn areas was not undertaken because it was not considered necessary due to low fuel levels.

Question 3

(a)

There were 6 burns that either did not proceed or were postponed due to inappropriate weather conditions (too hot, dry, windy) between 2002 and 2004. These include:

4 burns that were not completed at all during 2002-2004 and have subsequently been carried over to 2004/05 (one of these burns, on Black Mt, was postponed twice in 2004), and;

2 burns (on Black Mt and Gossan Hill) that were postponed but were subsequently completed before the end of 2004.

(b)

1 burn was postponed due to perceived unacceptable smoke impacts. This burn was on Gossan Hill on 15th October 2003 and was shut down after ignition at the request of the then Chief Fire Control Officer of the ACT Bushfire and Emergency Service. However, this burn was subsequently completed before the end of 2004.

Bushfires—hazard reduction

(Question No 236)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) How many bushfire fuel hazard reduction burn offs were planned between 2002-2004, the life of the previous bushfire fuel management plan;

(2) How many bushfire fuel hazard reduction burns were conducted between 2002-2004;

(3) How many planned bushfire fuel hazard reduction burns did not proceed or were postponed (a) due to the conditions on or just before the time the burn was meant to


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