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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2742 ..


Management Plans, which cover a ten year period of activities on ACT Government managed land, and have been through an extensive and wide ranging community consultation process prior to being finalised.

The annual approved and endorsed BOP can be found on the EPSDD website by following the links to Fire Management. The web site provides extensive information about all fuel management activities on government managed land and includes an interactive map with notifications of upcoming prescribed burns. A new feature is an RSS Feed that enables people to register their name so they can then receive automatic updates sent to their home address advising them of forthcoming burns. In addition the PCS has worked closely with ACT Health and the ACT Asthma Foundation with direct links provided for more information on the EPSDD web site.

PCS has developed a leaflet about Asthma and preventative actions with regard to bush fire smoke. This leaflet, along with more detailed information about the forthcoming burn, is placed in the letter boxes of all adjacent houses several days prior to implementing a prescribed burn in the urban areas. Extensive media coverage across commercial radio, television and social media is always sent out the day before the burn to advise as many people as possible about the burn intentions.

(2) Prescribed burning undertaken by ACTPCS is only undertaken when suitable weather conditions prevail. Notifications to the community are sent out as soon as it is apparent that the predicted weather conditions are favourable. All notifications are made at least 24 hours prior to ignition as per the requirement of the Emergencies Act 2014 (section 123 (2) (b))

(3) The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate web site has a direct link to the Asthma Foundation website which identifies a list of actions and tips around Asthma and bush fire smoke. The handout that is placed in letter boxes by PCS staff prior to the burn taking place also has detailed information on smoke and Asthma. In addition all media, both electronic and published, has information and links to the latest advice on how to deal with any health reactions that people may experience due to smoke from prescribed burns.

Planning—light rail (Question No 1378)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 11 May 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Transport and City Services):

Will all legislative planning exemptions introduced by the Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Act 2014 relating to Stage 1 of Light Rail apply to Stage 2; if not, can the Minister advise what legislative exemptions introduced by the Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Act 2014 will apply to Stage 2 and why others will not.

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

To the extent that the Planning and Development Act 2007 applies to light rail Stage 2 the exemptions provided in the Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will also apply.


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