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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2054..

(1) The terms of the contract between the ACT Government and Territory Agistment in relation to fire management are identified as item.20 'Fire Fuel Management' in the contract document (excerpt at Attachment 1).

(2) There is no requirement in the contract for fire management plans to be provided to paddock users.

(3) Fire management issues are included on the agenda for meetings of the Government Paddock Users Group at relevant times of the year.

(4) As often as both parties require. There is no requirement for either a set number or frequency of meetings.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Cemeteries—natural burials (Question No 2194)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2012:

(1) Does the website for the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate under the heading of Proposed Southern Cemetery, Frequently Asked Questions - Natural Burials state that "Natural burial is being considered as an option for the proposed southern cemetery. Feedback from consultation with the community and a further feasibility study will inform the decision on whether to proceed with natural burial as a part of the southern cemetery"; if so, what is the progress on the further feasibility study.

(2) Has any estimate been made of the capital cost of establishing the new cemetery and the ongoing operating costs; if so, what are these estimates.

(3) What will be the estimated cost of the natural burial site as a component of the new cemetery.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. The ACT Public Cemeteries Authority Board has considered submissions and information gathered throughout the public consultation process. It has decided that natural burial will form an integral part of the new Southern Cemetery.

(2) At this stage, an estimate has not been made of the capital cost of establishing the new cemetery and the ongoing operating costs.

(3) It is not expected that the cost of a natural burial site (allotment) will vary greatly from the cost of a standard burial site (allotment). However, funeral expenses may differ.

The cost of establishing a natural burial section within the new cemetery has not yet been determined.

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