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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3414 ..

DUS $19.5m - includes significant damage across the department, including ACT No Waste, DUS property, Roads ACT, Environment ACT and Canberra Urban Parks and Places. Destroyed or damaged assets includes items such as buildings and contents, plant and machinery, bridges, footpaths, signs, posts and markers.

CTEC $0.2m - loss of assets associated with signage used for motorsport events.

CIT $0.05m - damage to fencing and buildings.

Losses also include business interruption costs, and immediate response and clean up costs.

(3) See answer (1) above.

(4) See answer (2) above.

(5) As of 30 June ACT Government agencies had write offs or written downs for bushfire damaged or destroyed assets of $5.7m this is significantly less than estimated in the Interim June Quarterly Management Report I previously tabled in the Assembly. The revised figure reflects revisions made to agencies statements for the end of year audit process. The difference between losses mentioned previously of $60m is primarily due to agencies book values not matching the insurable value of assets, and the loss estimate including business interruption, immediate response and clean up costs.

(6) Treasury estimates that the average cost of providing personal hardship and distress payment is approximately $9 million. This includes expenditure on:

    Recovery Centre $1.1m

    Demolition Costs $2.5m

    Counselling Services $0.5m

    Financial Assistance Grants $3.3m

    Evacuation and Recovery Centres $0.2m

    Clothing Vouchers $0.4m

(7) The Government has not provided concessional interest loans to the businesses affected by the January bushfire.

(8) The Territory has not provided concessional interest loans to voluntary non-profit organisations or needy people.

(9) The Territory at 30 June has spent $0.483m on financial assistance grants to the businesses. The ACT Government has made available a loan interest subsidy scheme, at this stage no payments have been made. Payments are expected to start in 2003-04.

(10) The ACT Government has provided significant assistance to residents who sustained damage to their property but which remained habitable. This incudes expenditure on items such as:

    assistance to rural leases, whose properties were significantly damaged;

    free plant issues scheme;

    waste disposal for fire affected residents; and

    replacement of Garbage bins destroyed in the fires.

Residents whose homes were damaged but remained habitable also have access to the wide range of additional services the Government provided in response to the bushfires, including the Recovery Centre. Due to the wide range of services and assistance

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