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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 23 June 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2308 ..


What are the safety concerns in relation to these structural problems;

When will repairs be completed and when will the bridge be re-opened for general use;

How much will these repairs cost;

If the bridge is not repairable, why not;

Will a new bridge need to be constructed to replace the existing bridge.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Rotting has been identified in a number of the timber members of the bridge.

The Tharwa Bridge is not considered safe for use by general traffic.

Roads ACT are currently assessing options for the bridge, which will remain closed until further notice.

(4) See (3).

(5) The bridge is repairable.

(6) See (3).


Policing(Question No 386)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 4 May 2005:

Further to an article in The Canberra Times, pages 32-33 on 27 March 2005 entitled “Out on the beat with the territory’s top cops”, why are lone police officers given responsibility for arresting drink drivers and other offenders, when it would not be deemed appropriate for lone officers to be doing so without backup present;

Why are lone officers being sent out on patrol to conduct apprehensions and arrests;

Are police numbers sufficient to ensure that two or more officers per vehicle are on patrol at any one time; if so, why on the occasion referred to in the article was a lone officer undertaking arrests;

How many police patrol car shifts on average are manned only by a lone police officer.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

A policy has been developed by ACT Policing in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police Association for the deployment of single officer patrols. The policy provides protocols which ensure appropriate safeguards and the exercise of due care by ACT Policing.


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