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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1198..

(3) The expenditure to date on this project has provided for the identification of the users needs as well as the preparation of a statement of the deliverables expected from the project team. It has also allowed for work to begin on gathering lessons learned from other jurisdictions in their implementation of similar projects.

(4) The $312,000 available in Financial Year 2003/04 is to be spent on completing the creation of the project office, including the recruitment of additional staff, conducting a capability gap analysis and planning the project. The balance of $23.356m will be spent on the procurement and sustainment of new capabilities over Financial Years 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07 in accordance with the budget allocation and ESB does not currently foresee any difficulty in achieving this.

SouthCare helicopter base

(Question No 1272)

Mr Smyth

asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 February 2004:

In relation to air space above the Southcare helicopter base at Hume:

(1) What are the regulations regarding air space for the Snowy Hydro Southcare helicopter above its base in Hume;

(2) Are there any regulations that prevent the construction of structures anywhere under that air space;

(3) If so, what are those regulations and what are the implications of the proposed prison site at Hume on air space for the Snowy Hydro Southcare helicopter;

(4) Are there any other aircraft that utilize land near or around the proposed prison site;

(5) If so, what implications does the proposed site have on the owners of those aircraft.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The Southcare site lies within the controlled airspace around Canberra International Airport and helicopter movements to and from the site are subject to the general rules and procedures detailed in the Air Services Australia Aeronautical Information Publication ENR 1.

(2) The helicopter landing site (HLS) has been designed taking account of the Guidelines for the Establishment and Use of Helicopter Landing Sites published by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The primary operational criteria for HLS, in terms of clearances, are that the approach and departure paths should extend outwards from the edge of the final approach and takeoff (FATO) area as specified in the guidelines and they should have an obstacle-free gradient of 7.5 degrees (or 1:8 vertical to horizontal) measured from the edge of the FATO to a height of 500 feet above the landing and lift-off area level.

This path may be curved left or right to avoid obstacles or take advantage of a more advantageous approach or departure path.

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