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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4165 ..


Each year, EPSDD publishes its Bushfire Operations Plan (BOP) online. These guides the range of activities to be undertaken to manage the bushfire risk. Prescribed burning is just one form of fuel management that is utilised in the ACT. Other activities include grazing, slashing, physical removal and chemical works.

In addition to the yearly BOP, the EPSDD Regional Fire Management Plan (RFMP) is a 10 year strategic plan that identifies sites to be fuel managed across the PCS estate. Using the nationally recognised Residual Risk approach, burns are identified and planned to meet the standards for the fuel management zones mandated in the ACT Strategic Bushfire Management Plan to aid in the protection of Canberra and the natural and cultural estate.

EPSDD understands the cultural importance of fire to the Traditional Custodians of the ACT and other Indigenous Australians. EPSDD acknowledges the important role a government land manager plays in supporting and promoting cultural burning in the ACT. EPSDD actively works with Traditional Custodians to assist in reviving connections to country and supporting cultural burning practices.

The PCS Fire Management Unit employs an Aboriginal Fire Management Officer (FMO) who works closely with other staff, ACT Government staff from other directorates and Traditional Custodians to identify potential cultural burns.

Cultural burns are subject to the same regulatory regime as other prescribed burns and require the same prescriptions. They are undertaken when conditions are suitable and consistent with the desired outcomes. Cultural burns take many forms and may be undertaken for a range of outcomes including spiritual or cultural connection to country, protection of sacred sites, knowledge building and reviving traditional practices.

All PCS prescribed burns undertaken on the conservation estate, including cultural burns, are carefully planned and prescriptions put in place to achieve desired low intensity fire behaviour to meet the delicate balance of fuel management, ecological constraints and cultural outcomes.


Mental health—staffing(Question No 522)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 12 November 2021:

(1) On average, how many full-time equivalent (FTE) (a) clinical and (b) administrative staff worked at the Dhulwa Secure Mental Health Unit in the year ending 30 June 2021.

(2) On average, how many FTE staff, other than clinical staff and administrative staff, worked at the Dhulwa Secure Mental Health Unit in the year ending 30 June 2021.

(3) On average, how many FTE (a) clinical and (b) administrative staff worked at the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit in the year ending 30 June 2021.

(4) On average, how many FTE staff, other than clinical staff and administrative staff, worked at the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit in the year ending 30 June 2021.


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