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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 664 ..


a fire, including how they will stay informed, when they will leave and what they will take.

The ESA has also developed a range of education resources to help support the community to prepare for an emergency. The resources allow the community to download, complete and store their survival plan from any digital device, and, importantly, share it with family and friends. The resources are available via the ESA website, and I encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with this information.

The government has invested in ensuring that appropriate measures are in place, and that our community can continue to live in one of the safest cities in the world, with well-funded, well-resourced and well-governed emergency services. The government and its directorates and agencies, volunteers and staff have all demonstrated that the ACT is as prepared as it ever has been in keeping our community safe and informed.

I present the following paper:

Bushfire recovery and lessons learnt a year on—Ministerial statement, 31 March 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (10.12): I would like to respond to the minister’s statement regarding bushfires and lessons learnt one year on. I also would like to draw attention to the report of the justice and community safety committee that was lodged yesterday, which had a number of recommendations that directly related to that bushfire.

I note the minister said that he trusted that Defence had learnt its lessons. I would fall on the words of Ronald Reagan to “trust but verify” as an approach the ACT needs to take to ensure that we are safe from such events happening, going forward.

I also note the committee’s recommendation that:

… ACT Government ensure adequate numbers and safe positioning of helicopter landing sites in Namadgi National Park, with site locations published and made known to relevant agencies.

I will be interested in seeing the ACT government’s response to the committee report and whether that recommendation was identified and responded to.

The committee also recommends that:

… the Minister for Police and Emergency Services provide a statement to the Assembly outlining the coordination and training activities conducted in the wake of the Orroral Valley fire with NSW and Commonwealth agencies, including the Australian Defence Force, to strengthen future management of cross-border operations …


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