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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3781..


Fireworks Industry Compliance Costs

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

Estimated staff costs - compliance

$50,000

$50,000

$50,000

Total Prosecution Costs (from (11) above)

$423,000

$818,000

$1,277,000

Total Compliance Costs

$473,000

$858,000

$1, 327, 000

Bushfire fuel management plan

(Question No 843)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on Wednesday, 20 August 2003:

In relation to the Bushfire Fuel Management Plan:

(1) Was the Bushfire Fuel Management Plan revised and re-issued by 30 June 2002, in accordance with the legislation enacted in December 1996;

(2) On 30 June 2002, were all ACT national parks, nature reserves, urban open spaces, horse paddocks, unleased rural land and plantation forests revised and their fuel management plans updated in the parent document, the Bushfire Fuel Management Plan;

(3) Was the $100,000 funding allocated in Budget Paper 3, 2000-2001 page 137, identified for public use infrastructure and blackberry control, fully utilised, if so, where;

(4) Can the Government please provide a breakdown of the expenditure of the $100,000.

Mr Wood

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

(1) The Bushfire Fuel Management Plan was revised and re-issued by June 2002. To allow for the 2002/2004 Bushfire Fuel Management Plan to include consideration of fuel management factors arising from the Christmas 2001 bushfires, the Minister accepted a recommendation to extend the 2000/02 plan for a further six months. In accordance with the legislation, the Minister agreed on 13 March 2002 to accept the existing 2000/02 plan as the plan for the following six months and a new Forward reflecting this decision was issued. Public consultation was not necessary as there had been public consultation for the 2000/02 plan and public consultation was due to be conducted for the draft 2002/04 plan. The 2002/04 Bushfire Fuel Management Plan was issued in November 2002.

(2) In relation to the number of other open spaces you referred to, the fuel management plans were updated in June 2002 and were subsequently incorporated into the Bushfire Fuel Management Plan 2002/04 which was released in November 2002.

(3) I am advised by ACT Forests that due to their electronic and paper records being destroyed in the fires no specific breakdown of the $100,000 expenditure is available.

(4) I understand that the $100,000 was fully utilised. A significant amount of the funding was spent on the weed control program, in particular, blackberry control in the Kowen and Uriarra areas. Part of the funds were spent on improvements to Deeks Forest Park, Woods Reserve and Blue Range.


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