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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1199..

Thus there should be no structures greater than 19 metres in height at a distance of approximately 200 metres from the FATO. The location of buildings and structures associated with the ACT prison is such that no building will be closer than about 500 metres from the Southcare HLS.

(3) The established operational arrangements for Southcare involve take off to the north west and to track north on the western side of the Monaro Highway. This practice is in place to avoid over flight of the Philmanda Park equestrian facility and to avoid the radio masts at HMAS Harman.

The proposed prison site has no implications on the operation of Southcare or on fire patrol and fire fighting aircraft that will be stationed at the base from time to time.

(4) Fire patrol and fire fighting aircraft will be stationed at the Southcare base from time to time and they will operate in a similar manner to Southcare and avoid over flight of the prison. Apart from model aircraft operating at a site west of the Monaro Highway and more than half a kilometre north of the proposed prison site, I have not been advised of any other aircraft regularly operating at low levels in the vicinity of the proposed site.

(5) I am advised that it is not expected that there will be any effects on the operation of model aircraft.

The proposal to locate the prison at the nominated site will be subject to preparation of, and consideration of, a Preliminary Assessment under the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 and the concerns of, and effects on, adjacent lessees and land managers will be taken into account in this process.

SouthCare helicopter base

(Question No 1273)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, 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 Wood

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

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