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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 June 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2499 ..


share responsibility for reducing the occurrence and impact of emergencies. For example, “Bush fire wise” is a travelling public education resource that has been teaching ACT residents about bushfires for two years. Publications such as Bushfires in the bush capital are being distributed to focus on key issues of vital concern to ACT residents.

We keep people informed. To ensure that the public is kept well informed about the status of emergency situations, the authority created a full-time community relations media liaison unit. This includes the establishment of an emergency information centre to disseminate information to the public through the media in an emergency. This unit has been very active, completing a variety of projects such as a memorandum of understanding on emergency communications with all local major media, a first in Australia. It has also struck a number of partnerships over the year with the New South Wales RFS, the New South Wales Fire Brigade and the New South Wales SES.

I would like to congratulate the staff and volunteers of the emergency services on a long list of achievements, and I have only just scratched the surface.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.28 pm.


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