Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 August 2011) . . Page.. 3659 ..
Fire Brigade at all times have been very diligent in their assessment of potential risks in relation to the Parkwood estate and have taken action, as I have outlined in my answer to previous questions, to mitigate that risk and to require the removal of different materials that presented a risk. I am also confident that the ACT Fire Brigade ensured that their fighting of the fire at all times accorded with appropriate protection and safety for the officers involved.
Obviously there is now going to be a fire investigation. That may identify further steps that need to be taken. If that is the case, I am confident that our emergency services will take the appropriate steps to address those issues. But in the absence of that report—not having been available, obviously, as it has not been concluded—it would be pre-emptive to make any further judgements about that.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary?
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when was the last time any site at the estate was inspected by the Fire Brigade prior to the fire?
MR CORBELL: I have answered that question twice already today. Obviously, we need to issue some hearing aids over on that side of the chamber. March 2011, Mr Speaker. I said it in answer to Mr Coe, I said it again in answer to Mr Seselja and now I say it to Mr Doszpot. In March 2011 the ACT Fire Brigade inspected the site.
MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, since Saturday’s blaze have any other sites at the Parkwood Road recycling estate been shut down or been forced to disperse fuel loads on the advice of the ESA or another agency?
MR CORBELL: I have no advice in relation to that matter, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary?
MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Close to the pile of wooden pallets at the fire on the weekend were 44-gallon drums. Minister, can you tell the Assembly what was contained in those 44-gallon drums?
MR CORBELL: No, I cannot. But if it is the case—and I do not know whether it is or not—I will make further inquiries of the ESA and provide advice to members.
Gungahlin Drive extension—emergency access
MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, in August 2001, the then Assembly planning and urban services standing committee, of which you were a member, tabled its report on the Gungahlin Drive extension, which recommended: