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a. Structural works along the urban edge that mitigate the severity of damage and intensity of bushfires on life and property include: removing impediments such as rocks, stumps and vegetation to improve fuel reduction mowing and access; and the removal of trees, vegetation and the construction of new mineral earth breaks/fire trails to improve property protection. NDMP funding $145,000.

b. Mount Franklin Road is a strategic road for bushfire fighting along the western border of the ACT. Mitigation activities along this road include: clearing roadside vegetation to improve access, fire fighting capabilities and widen the area as a strategic fuel break, and undertaking a engineering and environmental review on providing float and dozer access found to be deficient during the January 2003 bushfires. NDMP funding $577,598.

c. Initial data collection to support the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) fuel dynamics and fuel load models for the ACT. NDMP funding $39,621.

(2) The funding available for 2004-05 will be expended by the beginning of October 2005 after receiving agreement from the Commonwealth Government for an extension of time. The National Disaster Mitigation Programme is an ongoing programme and is coordinated by the ACT Emergency Services Authority on behalf of the Territory.

Trail bikes—incidents and charges
(Question No 506)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) Further to a media release of 16 August 2005 entitled Police act on trail bike reports, of the 36 large capacity trail bike riders that have been charged or cautioned in the North Belconnen area in the last 12 months, how many of those were actually charged;

(2) How many riders have been (a) charged and (b) cautioned in the last three months;

(3) Of the riders that have been charged over the last year, what (a) were they charged with and (b) penalties did they receive;

(4) Have any offenders been cautioned or charged on more than one occasion;

(5) Were the parents of those riders that were cautioned informed of the cautioning process if they were minors; if not, why not;

(6) How many of the riders were found to be riding without a helmet;

(7) How many trail bike riders have been (a) charged and (b) cautioned in the ACT over the last 12 months;

(8) Of those charged or cautioned in over the last 12 months, (a) in what suburbs and (b) when did the offences take place;

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