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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 4621 ..

School Canteens - Firefighting Equipment

MR STEFANIAK: On 4 December Ms McRae asked me a question in relation to the Nicholls Primary School canteen - - -

Ms McRae: I did not name it in my question.

MR STEFANIAK: You did not?

Ms McRae: No. You have now.

MR STEFANIAK: I have now. I understand that the school in question has a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket. I am also advised that in that particular canteen no food is cooked; it is meant only to be heated. There are no regulatory requirements either under the Building Code of Australia or from the ACT Fire Brigade for fire extinguishers and fire blankets to be placed in school canteens. That is because school canteens are not used for cooking, only for heating food. They do not have to store large quantities - over five litres - of cooking fats and oils. Canteens are fitted with thermal fire detectors connected to the school's fire board, which is monitored by the Fire Brigade. The canteen in question, Ms McRae, if in fact that is the one you wanted to know about, has a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket.


MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition): I seek leave to table a copy of Mr De Domenico's survey with the three leading questions.

Leave granted.

MR WHITECROSS: I table the paper.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.41): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present Canberra: A Capital Future and move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, I am delighted to be tabling the ACT strategic plan. The development of this was a joint exercise between the ACT and the Commonwealth Government. Canberra: A Capital Future is more than a traditional physical land use plan. It integrates economic, social and environmental strategies into a whole-of-government plan. It is not a historical document destined for the bookshelves of bureaucrats;

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