Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3413 ..
(3) What is the aggregate estimate, as at 30 June 2003, of the cost of damage to property and other assets;
(4) What is the breakdown of this cost of damage across different types of property and other assets;
(5) What is the nature and value of assets that have been written off;
(6) What is the aggregate cost of providing personal hardship and distress payments;
(7) What is the aggregate cost of providing concessional interest loans to businesses;
(8) What is the aggregate cost of providing concessional interest loans to any non-profit organisations or needy people;
(9) What is the aggregate cost of providing any interest subsidies to businesses;
(10) What is the aggregate of assistance provided for properties that were damaged but that remained habitable;
(11) What is the aggregate of costs that have been incurred on other major recovery activities, such as the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce, recovery centres, inquiries and reports, demolition activities and property clean ups.
Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) The Territory incurred significant damage to its assets in the January Bushfires.
As at 4 July 2003, the estimated loss to Government is approximately $60 million. This includes both damaged and destroyed properties but does not specifically distinguish between the two.
(2) Losses were incurred across most sectors of Government, by agency I provide the following breakdown of damage or destroyed assets:
Department of Education and Community Services $4.5m - this includes significant damage and loss of contents at Birrigai Outdoor Centre, smoke damage to Duffy Primary and Stromlo High and damage to Urriara Community Centre.
ACT Forests $8.5m - includes losses for the forests headquarters, equipment, vehicles, fencing, contents and recreational assets. In addition the Territory is expecting some recompense for the loss of standing timber in our managed pine plantations.
Emergency Service Bureau $4.0m - includes losses of fire stations, equipment, vehicles, fire towers, fencing, and fire fighting costs.
ACT Health $5.2m - primarily includes the loss of the Health Protection Centre and its contents.
ACT Housing $17.8m - primarily includes destroyed or damaged properties. Of which 82 were destroyed and 122 damaged.