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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2721..


At various points across the campus there are Duress buttons in place. These buttons can be activated for immediate assistance from Security personnel and are located underneath a blue light.

The Hospitals automatic security system locks down the perimeter doors of the main buildings from 9-30pm to 7-00am each day. Access to the Hospital after this time can only be made via the Emergency Department entrance or through a programmed swipe card issued to staff.

(2) N/A

(3) Security arrangements in place are as outlined above 7 days a week and do not differ between (a) day and (b) time.

(4) Funding for security for The Canberra Hospital provided by the ACT Government is as follows:-

(a) 2001 - 2002 $485,439.95

(b) 2002 - 2003 $436,344.01

(c) 2003 - 2004 $480,000-00 (budget projection only)

Rubbish burning

(Question No 804)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice:

In relation to burning rubbish

(1) Are any Canberrans allowed to burn rubbish in their backyards, if so, what rules do they have to follow, if not what penalties are enforced if caught;

(2) Are developers, constructing new homes in new areas, allowed to burn construction rubbish on site, if so, what rules do they have to follow, if not what penalties are enforced if caught;

(3) On Wednesday 25 June a constituent phoned my office to inform me developers were burning off material at the new development area on Kate Crace Place in Gungahlin, was this burn off authorised;

(4) Should residents report this sort of behaviour if they witness it, if so, to whom.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) Canberrans are not permitted to burn rubbish in their back yards. There is an on-the-spot fine of $120 for individuals caught lighting or maintaining open air fires. Canberrans may light a fire in a properly constructed fireplace to keep warm, or for cooking purposes provided only seasoned timber is used for fuel. Garden waste, treated timber, unseasoned timber and other wastes cannot be burnt in the ACT.

(2) Developers and builders constructing new homes in new areas or renovating old houses in established areas are not allowed to burn rubbish, either on site or off site at other


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