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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 817 ..

(3) 100 percent of the documents located at ACT Forests' the Duffy office was lost in the fires.

(4) Providing a precise percentage is difficult but it may be as high as 50% as some of ACT Forests' records were located offsite. The harvesting computer system was not burnt as it is located at the Hume weighbridge. This is where the information to invoice the mills for the purchase of logs is stored. A copy of ACT Forests' mapping data (October 2002) that supports the GIS system was stored offsite. ACT Forests had a copy of its financial position to December 31 2002 and its June 30 financial statements and working papers stored offsite.

ACT Forests has managed to obtain copies of other relevant documents from its customers and other government agency files. These documents have helped in the ongoing management of ACT Forests.

(5) (a) The Government is always concerned about any loss of information. The circumstances that caused ACT Forests' information to be burnt is unfortunate. There have been some short term problems caused by this loss of information in the day to day running of ACT Forests. However, thanks to the dedication of ACT Forests' staff in handling this disaster most of these problems have been overcome.

A more serious issue is the loss of 10,500 hectares of pine plantation. The Government is carefully addressing this serious issue in an objective and scientific approach through its non urban land use review. ACT Forests is tackling the salvage and clean up of the burnt areas in its usual professional and efficient way.

(b) Most of the critical information that will help with the future planning of ACT Forests was not destroyed by the fires.

(c) Part of ACT Forests' insurance claim will be used to create new systems that will improve the efficient management of ACT Forests.

(6) InTACT has been given the responsibility of managing ACT Forests' information. The backup systems it has in place should avoid a repeat of the situation in January. The main reason why ACT Forests was unable to use InTACT before the fires was the difficulty in providing a data link of sufficient capability to allow data storage on InTACT servers.


(Question No 483)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice:

In relation to the 2003 State of the Environment Report:

(1) How much funding has been expended to date on the 2003 State of the Environment Report;

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