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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3112 ..


indicated that Fires Near Me New South Wales was their preferred source of emergency information into the future and 94 per cent of primary residents had downloaded the Fires Near Me New South Wales app, with 39 per cent responding that it was the most useful source of information.

ESA is committed to continual improvement in the dissemination of emergency warnings and public information and is confident that the partnership with our cross-border colleagues will be instrumental in keeping the public safe and informed through a localised hazard mobile application. ESA continue to maintain strong cross-border relationships with all of their operational counterparts, as well as the services available nationally through the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, or AFAC. The ESA has a long working relationship across government at a variety of levels to enhance emergency coordination across the ACT-New South Wales border and between the ACT and Australian governments.

Whilst the impacts of COVID-19 meant that the usual incident management exercises and training with their cross-border counterparts could not occur, the ESA have held virtual planning workshops and preparedness briefings and have formalised these arrangements through memorandums of understanding of mutual aid agreements. Our government is acutely aware of the threat that natural hazards present to our city and 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, and this is because of the hard work that all of our staff across government—and, of course, our volunteers—do. Once again, thank you.

I present the following paper:

ACT high-risk weather season preparedness and seasonal outlook—Ministerial statement, 9 November 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Minister for Corrections—update

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.30): I rise to make a statement in regard to a corrections update for the ACT. I rise today to provide that update to progress a number of key initiatives completed or commenced since I became Minister for Corrections just under a year ago.

At the outset, I think it is very important to acknowledge that corrections is an inherently challenging area. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the everyday lives of staff and detainees, as is the case across the community as a


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