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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1290..


(3) Do all shopping centres in the ACT that charge for parking have the discretion to charge customers even in the event of an evacuation; if so, why;

(4) How long did the evacuation of the Canberra Centre take;

(5) How long did the evacuation of the Canberra Centre car park take;

(6) Is it acceptable that in the case of an ACT shopping centre emergency evacuation, customers must queue to pay for parking before they can exit the building; if so, why;

(7) What guidelines exist to ensure that customers are able to quickly exit shopping centres in the event of an evacuation without the need for lengthy delays, such as paying for parking;

(8) What is the Government doing in relation to all shopping centre parking areas to ensure that a situation where customers must pay for parking during an evacuation does not occur again.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Yes, the cause of the false alarm has been identified as a bird in the roof space setting off a "beam"fire detector.

(2) This is an issue for the Canberra Centre Management.

(3) This is an issue for the Centre Management of ACT shopping centres.

(4) This is an issue for the Canberra Centre Management.

(5) This is an issue for the Canberra Centre Management.

(6) This is an issue for the Centre Management of ACT shopping centres.

(7) Australian Standard 3745 "Emergency Control Organisation and Procedures for Buildings"provides guidance on procedures for evacuation and evacuation management.

(8) I am advised that the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 contains provisions for employers to provide and maintain a safe means of access to and egress from the workplace, as well as provisions covering the safety of third parties located at or near that workplace.

Ambulance service

(Question No 984)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 8 March 2006:

(1) What was the level of Government funding for the ACT Ambulance Service for (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04, (e) 2004-05, and (f) 2005-06 year to date;


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