Page 2903 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 12 October 2022

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I have been working with Mick Gentleman and his office about looking through some of the policies of government so that a memorial can be installed at Shepherds Lookout. It is a great place for comfort. I go there myself when I need some quiet reflection. Having a bench to sit on, rather than the rocky floor, would be a lovely place to spend some time and reflect on the lives, like Brontë’s, and the contributions she made to our community, but just as a daughter, a loved daughter of Janine and Peter.

I just wanted to say that I commit myself absolutely, Janine and Peter, to continue this with you. And we will resolve this. Again, I am so sorry it took me so long. I want to acknowledge again Janine and Peter being here. Thank you, Peter for bringing in the petition and for all the petitioners as well. I know Tara and I will work very closely with you and have this overcome as quickly as we can. Thank you for giving me the chance to speak again on this today. And again, I am so sorry I did not catch up with you sooner.

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (10.15): I just wanted to express my condolences too. I am really, really, pleased to see the petition come forward. I am hoping we resolve it soon. I cannot—I have a daughter, I cannot imagine. I honestly cannot imagine. I am really sorry, Janine and Peter, that you have to be in here talking about this again and hearing this. Yes, it is good to see this moving forward.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

High-risk weather season—preparation

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.17): I rise today to provide the Assembly and Canberrans with an update on the extensive work that has been undertaken to prepare our community and our emergency services for the high-risk weather season.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the ACT Emergency Services Agency and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service for their preparedness and readiness activities.

The storm season began on 1 October, and the bushfire season has been delayed until 1 November due to above average rainfall over the winter months and the high moisture content of grasslands and heavy forest fuels. Unless conditions warrant otherwise, the bushfire and storm seasons will end on 31 March 2023.

I encourage all Canberrans to take the necessary steps to prepare their homes and local community for any emergency threat. By being prepared, the Canberra community can assist our frontline personnel to minimise the effects of natural hazards and build a more resilient community.

As we move into the spring and summer period, it is expected that the ACT will continue to experience wetter than average conditions. This season will be the third

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