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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 668 ..


effectiveness is reducing even further as climate change makes seasonal conditions more extreme.

The ESA engaged in extensive preparedness and readiness activity in preparation for the 2020-21 bushfire and storm season. The ESA has worked hard to increase community awareness through the “Are you emergency ready?” campaign. It also conducted 11 community information sessions at shopping centres in bushfire and flood prone areas across the ACT through November and December 2020. Thank you to the volunteers who engaged directly with approximately 1,500 community members during these sessions, handing out survival plans and encouraging our community to know their local risks. Through these activities, more than 4,000 survival plans have been distributed, and more than 1,200 survival plans and associated documents have since been downloaded from the ESA website. Additionally, the ESA has partnered with the Suburban Land Agency and the Council on the Ageing to distribute a further 13,000 survival plans along with important preparedness information.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the excellent communications delivered by the ESA during the events of this season. Keeping the community engaged was one of the biggest issues raised following the 2003 bushfires. The ESA kept the community informed about all hazards through a number of platforms, including social media, radio, television and print media. The ESA social media channels have seen over 82,000 engagements since September 2020 across all hazard information dissemination areas, and more than 87 alerts and warnings were issued by the agency.

The government is acutely aware of the threat that natural hazards present to our city and we will continue to make the investments needed to deal with this as our city grows. Our city is well prepared—better prepared than ever before. This is because of the hard work of all of our staff across government and our volunteers. Once again, thank you.

I present the following paper:

End of 2020-21 bushfire and storm season—Ministerial statement, 31 March 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health services—workplace culture

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.27): This statement respects the commitment made by the former Minister for Health and Wellbeing on 16 May 2019 to provide the Assembly with biannual


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