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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 273..


Guess what level the ESA headquarters is at, Mr Speaker? It is at RL 575.0 metres, or a full 10 or so metres above the one-in-1,000-year flood level. The area surrounding the headquarters is relatively flat with many local flood paths, but it is clear that the flooding issue at the headquarters was a localised flooding issue and did not relate to riverine flooding as a result of the ESA headquarters being located on a flood plain.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop the clocks, thank you. I remind you, Mr Coe, that you are already on a warning. It is late in the evening; let us just get it finished. Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, it is quite clear that the ESA headquarters is not located on a flood plain. It is quite clear that the ESA headquarters—

Mrs Dunne interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Dunne! You are now warned for interjecting.

MR CORBELL: is above the one-in-100 and the one-in-1,000-year flood level. Yet Mr Smyth continues to perpetuate the myth that the ESA headquarters is located on a flood plain. It is not. Until Mr Smyth can present evidence to the contrary, it is quite clear that Mr Smyth's myth is well and truly busted.

Emergency Services Agency—headquarters

Australian women's icestock sport team

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (9.10): I think in my defence I will simply say that Mr Corbell is the only member in this place to have been found guilty of persistently and wilfully misleading the Assembly. He is actually the record holder for that sort of activity.

On a more light-hearted note, I would like to bring to the attention of members of the Assembly and the people of Canberra that, in case you did not know, Canberra is now home to the Australian women's icestock, or eisstock, sports team. Yes, we are home to an international team that are currently either on their way or already overseas to compete in the 2012 eisstock world championship in Waldkraiburg in Germany.

"What is icestock?"you may say. One of the members of the team has said that it is sort of like playing curling without the brooms. You can play on ice, hence icestock, or in many countries, particularly in Australia in the warm months, you can play it on concrete or bitumen. As far as I can work out, it is kind of like bowling on ice, but in the summer it is slightly different and different coloured plates are used to vary the speed of the stock and it can be done as an individual sport or in teams of four.

Icestock is a growing sport in Australia and can be played by anyone who can lift the four-kilogram stock. There are clubs in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT, as well as an Australian association. For the first time we have an Australian women's icestock sports team, who live in Canberra, and they are: Chrysanthe


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