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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6118..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Mitchell—chemical fire

Mr Corbell (in reply to a question by Mr Smyth on Wednesday, 16 November 2011): Yes. All operators of the Emergency Alert system are trained on, and provided with a copy of, the user manual provided by the system manager in Victoria. I understand the system manager has been making further refinements to the system and is developing improved training material for the use of all jurisdictions.

Following our own experience of the system in the ACT at the chemical fire at Mitchell, the ACT Emergency Services Agency is reviewing internal procedures relating to the operation of the system, including quality assurance and authorisation processes. The ACT is also providing advice to the systems manager to address a number of specific issues that were identified during this event.

Mitchell—chemical fire

Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Seselja on Wednesday, 16 November 2011): Fourteen staff from the ACT Emergency Services Agency have completed training in standard operating procedures for Emergency Alert. In addition, two staff from ACT Policing have also completed training.

One Emergency Alert Operator was on duty on the night of the chemical fire at Mitchell. This is consistent with normal operating arrangements for the provision of a range of operational support services.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has the capacity to contact other trained operators if and when required.

RSPCA funding

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Thursday, 17 November 2011): My answer to your question was correct as I was confirming the increase of $150,000 more than the amount of funding for the previous SFA in place in 2010-11.

The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services' advice to the Assembly on 16 November 2011, was that the Service Funding Agreement (SFA) with the RSPCA-ACT this financial year (2011-12) includes cash funding of $570,000.

In addition, under the SFA, the Government is providing in-kind support estimated to be approximately $165,000 by:

- providing additional inspectorate support in relation to animal cruelty investigations;

- providing additional pens for the RSPCA to temporarily house stray dogs assessed as being suitable for sale by the RSPCA (approximately 600 per year); and

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