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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3644..


Mr Hargreaves

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

As these issues fall under my portfolio I will be responding on behalf of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

(1) The total fire budget in Territory and Municipal Services for the 2006-07 financial year is $6.49M; this covers prevention, suppression, and preparedness.

(a) The budget for hazard reduction burns for 2006-07 is $0.2M.

(b) The budget for hazard reduction and clean up tasks is $3.0M; this covers grazing, mowing/slashing, physical removal and herbicide control.

(c) Other activities included in the approved Bushfire Operation Plan (BOP):

Access improvements and maintenance - $1.0M;

Infrastructure such as dams and access trail signage - $0.1M;

Fire fighting equipment - $0.08M;

Fire fighter related training - $0.06M;

Auditing and monitoring - $0.17M;

Fire management salaries and stand up overtime - $0.83M;

Seasonal and rapid response plant - $0.95M; and

Emergency management - $0.06M.

The BOP is the approved works plan for fire related work for the 12-month period commencing on July 1st each year. Whilst some activities are specifically programmed in identified months (such as mowing and physical removal) other activities are undertaken when the seasonal circumstances are appropriate. A mixture of contract and permanent staff undertake the above activities.

Bushfires-hazard reduction

(Question No 1342)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

(1) What is the total budget for bushfire hazard reduction for the 2006-07 bushfire season for (a) hazard reduction burns conducted by fire units, (b) any other hazard reduction and clean up tasks, (c) the monthly activity program by activity by which this budget will be expended, including description and cost of task and the which of these tasks have been allocated for hazard reduction to be undertaken by fire units;

(2) What is the total budget for hazard reduction on the urban edge and along arterial roadways by mowing for the 2006-07 bushfire season;

(3) What are the details of the monthly activity program details relating to part (2).

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) The total fire budget in Territory and Municipal Services for the 2006-07 financial year is $6.49M; this covers prevention, suppression, and preparedness.

(a) The budget for hazard reduction burns for 2006-07 is $0.2M.


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