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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 955..


Mr Corbell

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

(1) Plans to reduce the risk of fire include the continuation of fire fuel reduction works on the outside of the Brickworks. These include mowing along Bentham Street and to the south east (which exceeds the standards set out in the Strategic Bushfire Fuel Management Plan). In addition the pines along this area and Dunrossil Drive were extensively cleaned up after the January 2003 fires, including lifting of branches, woody weed removal and general debris removal.

A tree audit is currently being undertaken on the site of the 29 December 2005 fire to identify which trees require removal and which of the trees to be retained require branch lifting. Many trees burnt along Denman Street will be removed to allow for an expanded slashing program, and tree stumps closer to houses that back onto the area will be removed to allow easier mowing.

Spraying of woody weeds will continue and mowing in the area adjacent to the brickworks will continue. Land managers will program periodical prescribed burns for the area when fuel loads build up to high levels.

(2) No.

Disabled persons-transport

(Question No 911)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

Were certain residents at the Disability Group Home known as Fisher 'B' unable to attend Christmas 2005 activities due to the removal of the vehicle allocated to that particular residence; if so, why did this occur and what efforts did Disability ACT make to organise alternative transport for the resident/s affected.

Mr Hargreaves

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

Fisher B is a Respite Service not a Group Home.

Disability ACT is not aware of any planned or proposed Christmas activities that clients were unable to attend due to a car not being available.

Disability ACT-staff

(Question No 912)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) What are the current arrangements for the general induction of staff who are recruited to work for Disability ACT;

(2) What is the duration of the course and what types of training is offered through the induction.


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