Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 24 March 2022) . . Page.. 659 ..
(5) How much did the ACT Government spend on interstate workers who were hired for storm recovery.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) 72 volunteers from the NSW State Emergency Service (NSWSES) assisted the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACTESA) from 3 January to 6 January 2022 in response to the storm event.
Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) reassigned all available arborists (22-31 staff) from all depots to work in the Belconnen region for the two weeks immediately following the storm.
After the initial completion of urgent tasks such as clearing roads, driveways and major pathways, additional crews from other TCCS depots have continued to assist in the Belconnen area (33 staff).
23 ACT Parks and Conservation Staff completed 12 days of storm clean-up operations between 1 and 16 February 2022.
Additional contractor resources utilised include excavators, trucks, chippers and temporary traffic management which includes 14 operating workers, some of whom have come from NSW.
(2) ESA sourced resources from the NSWSES as described in the answer to question (1).
TCCS sourced additional plant and supporting workers from contractors currently operating in the ACT, some which are contracted through the Tree Surgery Plant and Equipment and Operators Panel. These companies have additional operations in the local NSW region from which 5 workers have been sourced.
(3) No other jurisdictions apart from those described in the response to question (1) offered resources to assist with the recovery from the storm.
(4) No resources from the NSWSES are assisting the ACT Government recover from the storm event as of 10 February 2022.
All additional plant and supporting workers sourced by TCCS were engaged from contractors currently operating in the ACT, some of which are contracted through the Tree Surgery Plant and Equipment and Operators Panel. These companies have additional operations in the local NSW region they have drawn from. It is unknown when the additional resources will be released.
(5) No costs were incurred to the ACT Government through the engagement of NSWSES volunteer crews. It is not possible for TCCS to separate the contractor costs for locally based workers and those from interstate.
West Belconnen severe storm event—community information hub
(Question No 635)
Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 11 February 2022: