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(b) An approximate waiting time for clearance for property owners going through other contractors is not known as this is a matter between the property owner and the contractor.

(3) No, Bovis Lend Lease does not enter into contracts with resident/property owners. Contracts are between property owners and demolition contractors. However, applicants for the grant must have their site clean up managed through Bovis Lend Lease. Residents who had signed a contract with a demolition contractor prior to the announcement on 10 February 2003 that Bovis Lend Lease had been contracted to manage the clearance of sites are able to receive the grant of up to $5,000.

(4) Bovis Lend Lease was contracted by the Government to manage the site clean up in order to ensure the bushfire clean up is completed systematically, and as quickly as practical to minimise the cost to individual households of clearing destroyed or uninhabitable homes. It was also considered important to adopt a project management approach to the bushfire clean up which would ensure consistent safe work methods and acceptable traffic management.

(5) There is no per block contractual price between Bovis Lend Lease and the Government. Contracts for clearance are between the property owner and contractor based on the best price from three quotes (for packages of houses) which are obtained by Bovis Lend Lease.

Bushfires-recovery appeal

(Question No 560)

Mr Cornwell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 2 April 2003:

In relation to the Canberra Bushfire Recovery Appeal:

(1) What is the specific criteria for allocation of funds from the Canberra Bushfire Recovery Appeal;

(2) What is, in detail, the points system set up to allocate funds;

(3) How many applications for funds have been received at the official close of fundraising (April 3) out of how many estimated to be eligible.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

The Appeal is a community-based fund guided by a Management Committee comprising broad representation from the welfare and business sectors, the Indigenous, aged and multicultural communities, and the ACT and Commonwealth Governments. The Management Committee is co-chaired by Bishop George Browning and

Michelle Thorne.

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