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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3710..

(10) One.

(11) $15,500

(12) Two.

(13) a) 266 staff recruited since July 2009

b) $467,439 spent on recruitment 2009-10 to date.

(14) a) 219 staff have separated from the Department since July 2009.

(15) Average annual leave: 173.89 hours per person (as at end February 2010)

Average long service leave: 2.207 months per person (as at end December 2009)

Bushfires—controlled burns

(Question No 977)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 22 June 2010 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) In relation to the burning off of parks and reserves, who decides when and where burns in the ACT are undertaken.

(2) Who is notified when a burn off is undertaken and how is that notification undertaken.

(3) What are the reasons that burn offs are undertaken in the ACT.

(4) What is the Government's policy on the impact of burn offs near residential areas.

(5) Is pollution from burn offs measured or monitored; if so, who by.

(6) What information does the Government collect about the impact of burn offs on air quality and where is this information made available.

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

(1) The Emergencies Act 2004 requires the Emergency Services Agency to develop a Strategic Bushfire Management Plan (SBMP). The SBMP (which is informed by the Regional Fire Plans) requires all land managers to produce a Bushfire Operations Plan (BOP). The BOP is required to be endorsed by ACT Bushfire Council and approved by the Commissioner for Emergency Services. The BOP details the hazard reduction activities including individual hazard reduction burns. The timing of these burns is determined by seasonal conditions.

(2) The Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) provides notifications via letterbox drops to immediate neighbours and makes contact by telephone with relevant local community groups including Park Care and Community Fire Units.

A press release is issued as a general public notification and relevant ACT, NSW and Federal agencies are individually advised.

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