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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3645..

(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.

(2) The budget for mowing along the urban edge, arterial roads and rural roads is $1.56M

Land-native title

(Question No 1343)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

What obligations are incumbent on the ACT Government to embrace the Native Title Act's recognition of connection to land of traditional owners for consultation, particularly on matters of Ngu(n)nawal culture and heritage.

Mr Stanhope

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

On matters of Ngunnawal culture and heritage, the ACT Government is obligated to consult with Ngunnawal people.

The ACT Government is obliged by virtue of a legally-binding agreement under s86F of the Native title Act (Cth) to consult on all Indigenous heritage matters with the agreement parties. The agreement was concluded during the Humphries government in 2001. The agreement parties include all the parties to the first ACT Ngunnawal native title claim. The Interim Namadgi Advisory Board is a body set up under the agreement and consultation occurs through this body. The activities of the Board are detailed in annual reports.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-consultations

(Question No 1344)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

How has the ACT Government, under the principles of best practice, consulted with accredited and recognised Ngun(n)awal people on matters of Ngun(n)awal culture and heritage.

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