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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 173 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

(d) to evaluate the effectiveness of the management and command of fire fighting resources, including the collaboration between ACT organisations (both government and non-government) involved in the emergency and the adequacy of equipment available to, and training of, Rural Fire Brigades;

(e) to consider and report on the way in which the declaration of a state of emergency was evaluated and made;

(f) to evaluate the use of air-based fire detection techniques and air-based water and fire suppressant techniques used during the emergency;

(g) to determine the nature and extent of collaboration across jurisdictions in responding to the emergency and to assess the effectiveness of this collaboration;

(h) to assess the ways in which information was obtained and disseminated to the public during the emergency and to report on options for ensuring timely and up to date information that can be provided to the community in times of emergency;

(i) to evaluate the effectiveness of communication techniques and technologies used between and within organisations and units involved in the emergency and to report on strategies to improve the quality of such communications;

(j) to evaluate and provide advice on the most effective approach to land use issues encompassing in particular the management of national parks, including such matters as management where a national park crosses State/Territory boundaries, access by the public and fuel management policies;

(k) to examine and report on the optimum approaches to managing water catchments, water supplies, waste water handling and associated infrastructure, especially as these factors relate to inland population centres;

(l) to report on the effectiveness of the ACT Emergency Plan;

(m) to report on the need for and the development of evacuation processes and procedures during such emergencies;

(n) to assess agricultural and forest industry development and management techniques in regions that are subject to bushfire threats;

(o) to assess the implementation of recovery strategies and activities in the aftermath of the bushfire emergency;

(p) to evaluate and report on the provision of counselling for those affected by the bushfires, those directly affected, such as those who lost family members/friends/houses and emergency personnel, and those affected indirectly, such as people who live in Canberra but may not have experienced any loss of family or property;

(q) to consider and report on appropriate urban planning requirements and design characteristics of urban regions in bushfire prone regions, including the nature of the interface between urban and non-urban areas; and

(r) to consider and report on the design of houses and other buildings, including the nature of materials used to build such structures, that are appropriate for bushfire prone regions.

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