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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1612..


proceed and (b) because the perceived smoke pollution or smoke drift did not comply with any relevant regulations or guidelines.

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

(1) Ten burns were planned in the 2002-2004 bushfire fuel management plan and five additional burns in the Addendum 2003, including debris removal and windrow burning in Stromlo, Uriarra and Pierces Creek.

(2) 15 burns were conducted.

(3) a) Several burns were deferred due to changed weather conditions, they were:

Isaacs Ridge was deferred on 22 May 2003, later completed on 19 June 2003.

Kowen Escarpment was deferred on 30 April 2004, later completed 11 June 2004

Debris removal & windrow burning in Stromlo, Uriarra and Pierces Creek was postponed on two specific occasions after media notification, 25 March 2003 and 8 January 2004 due changed weather conditions.

b) When conducting prescribed burns a land manger will take into account the longer term weather patterns, four day weather forecast, fuel moisture and wind direction, they will only notify the community of the burn if the conditions are deemed suitable. As a result the prescribed burns can consistently be deferred during the planning phase.

Bushfires—hazard reduction

(Question No 237)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Police and Emergency 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 proceed and (b) because the perceived smoke pollution or smoke drift did not comply with any relevant regulations or guidelines.

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

(1) I have been informed that during the period of the Bushfire Fuel Management Plan 2002 - 2004 the ACT land management Agencies prepared 41 prescribed burn plans. This included the addendum and subsequent actions required in response to the January 2003 bushfire.

(2) In the period 2002-04 a total of 18 prescribed burns were completed with a further 22 planned prescribed burn areas being burnt during the 2003 bushfire.


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