Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 86 ..


thank their family, friends, partners and workplaces, whose support enables them to protect our community and keep our territory safe.

The government are committed to supporting our frontline responders through continued investment in our police and emergency services, and we have made significant staffing investments across ACT policing and the Emergency Services Agency, including additional police officers, firefighters and paramedics. We have funded new and upgraded facilities and have committed to build new fire and ambulance stations across the city and Molonglo. We have provided new equipment and vehicles, including state-of-the-art ambulances, firefighting trucks and police cars.

The ACT government has a proud record of supporting our emergency responders and remains committed to ensuring that they have the resources, training, facilities and equipment they need to keep Canberrans safe. We will continue to support our frontline responders through the delivery of well-resourced, community-focused services to enhance public safety and respond to the challenging needs of our growing city.

MS ORR: Minister, how can Canberrans be emergency ready this summer?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Orr for the question. 2020 has shown that emergencies can strike at any time, anywhere and without warning. Canberrans can be emergency ready this summer by completing the ESA survival plan and keeping it in their emergency kit for when they need it.

As I have previously mentioned, the ESA survival plan can be downloaded at www.esa.act.gov.au. The new-look survival plan uses a multi-hazard approach that makes it easier for Canberrans to prepare for emergencies, with four simple steps to get ready for bushfires, extreme heat, storms and floods. The survival plan can be completed online and saved on any device, making it easy to share with the family and friends and updated each year.

Canberrans may have seen our emergency responders out and about at their local shopping centres over the past few weeks—I have joined them there on a number of occasions—speaking to members of the community about the survival plan. These information sessions will be running each weekend at shopping centres across the ACT until 13 December. I have recently visited Calwell and Greenway and I encourage all members of the public to stop by the next time for an information chat. More information, of course, about emergency preparedness and many other educational resources can be found online at the ESA website.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper, Madam Speaker.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Youth justice—throughcare program

Disability—employment strategy

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Madam Speaker, I wish to correct the record in relation to one matter. It has been drawn to my attention that it was in fact you, your good self,


Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video