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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1849..


Were there any other costs incurred by the Government promoting its achievements following 100 days following the Canberra Bushfires, if so, please provide details including the item and cost?

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Action Plan of the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce, which was completed in February 2003, outlines in the goals and principles, the need to:

"provide up to date, relevant and useful information to assist with the recovery process;"and

"ensure constant communication regarding the activities of the Taskforce."

The literature relating to world's best practice in disaster management stresses the need to communicate recovery milestones as an important indicator of progress. This helps the healing process for individuals and the community.

In keeping with these aims the Government outlined the achievements of the ACT community after 100 days of recovery NOT just the achievements of Government.


The introduction to the Report Card at 100 days included the following text, "...Since January 18 family, friends, neighbours and the community have helped each other move forward. These are some of Canberra's achievements so far ... By continuing to work together as a community we will succeed."

The half page advertisement on page 9 of the Canberra Times on Monday 28 April 2003 cost $2,897.

A one-page advertisement in the Chronicle on Tuesday 29 April 2003 cost $1,703

Economic White Paper

(Question No 670)

Mr Smyth

asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 7 May 2003:

What level of funding was allocated to the Economic Development White Paper in 2001-2002 and how much was spent in that financial year;

What level of funding was allocated to the Economic Development White Paper in 2002-2003 and how much was spent in that financial year;

What was the total amount of funding provided for the Economic Development White Paper and what was the total amount spent;

Why does Budget Paper Number 3, page 163, indicate that the funds for the White Paper in 2002-2003 are actually a roll over from 2001-2002, thereby indicating that only $250,000 in total was provided.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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