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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4082 ..

How long did it take to activate this plan on the morning of 2 September in Belconnen;

How long did it take to clear up traffic in Belconnen after the incident on 2 September;

On average, how many incidents are there of traffic lights 'going out' due to power shortages, per year.

Mr Wood

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

When a set of traffic lights is down because of a power failure; the standard operating procedures are:

the AFP are informed and attend to control traffic movements at the location;

ACTEWAGL is advised to rectify the problem;

If the power failure is not rectified quickly, the traffic lights would be connected to, and ran off, a generator (eg as was done at some locations after the bushfires in January).

The same procedures are used every time there is a power failure.

The above procedures were activated within a couple of minutes after the outage occurred.

The lights were out for approx 30 minutes. Once the lights were brought back on line, the traffic started to flow more freely and was back to normal conditions in about another 30 minutes.

Out of 206 sets of traffic lights in the ACT, 35 single isolated sets of traffic lights were down due to power supply outages over the past 12 months. On average, the duration of a power failure lasted anywhere between two minutes to two hours (except during the bushfires).

Waste storage

(Question No 925)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to waste storage on unleased Territory land:

What is the process for the issuing of permits for storage of waste on unleased Territory land;

What are the charges for these permits from 1st August 2003 and what were the charges for the previous year;

How long are the permits valid for;

How many of these permits have been issued in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003;

What are the penalties that apply to a breach of the permit requirements for storage of waste on unleased Territory land;

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