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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1594 ..


The revised arrangements include monthly testing of full procedures in addition to routine maintenance performed by technical support contractors.

Radio communications through the new TRN system were not disrupted. Radio communications through the existing VHF system were disrupted momentarily until hand held radios were activated.

The four ACT fire towers were operating normally.

VHF radio communications to the towers from the Comcen was disrupted momentarily until hand held radios were activated.

A fire approximately 60kms away from the ACT in the Tumut area was being monitored, but remained under the control of the local authority.

VHF radio communications to the towers from the Comcen was disrupted momentarily until hand held radios were activated.

Normal RFS procedures, including the responsibilities of the fire towers, during a total fire ban day were maintained.

The overall communications capability of the ESA has been enhanced over the past three years through a number of projects. For 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 to end February total capital expenditure on relevant projects has been $13.308m and recurrent expenditure $1.969m.

The relevant enhancements are the Communications Upgrade project, Computer Aided Dispatch, Broadband data Links to Stations and Trunk Radio Network.

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TOTAL

TOTAL

CAPITAL

RECURRENT

($’000’s)

($’000’s)

($’000’s)

Communications Upgrade Project

0

61

Computer Aided Dispatch Budget Initiatives

2,100

1,379

Broadband Data Links To Stations

439

200

Trunk Radio Network

10,769

329

Totals

13,308

1,969

Grand Total

15,277

Options for future ESA Headquarters are being considered by government. Planning has been underway for over 12 months and $0.9m was allocated in the 2004-05 budget for forward design for the new ESA headquarters. This project has subsumed the Joint Emergency Services Training Centre project, which had remaining authorisations of $0.200m in 2004-05. Expenditure to the end of February on the combined project during 2004-05 has been $0.146m. This includes a feasibility study by GHD Pty Ltd setting out options for the new headquarters. These options consider sitings and variation in scope.

The funding options for the future ESA Headquarters are being considered by government.


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