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This cannot be guaranteed and will vary according to the circumstances of each incident. ACT Policing members are trained to assess a crime scene for potential evidence. Following their assessment they can request for forensic services attendance or collect potential evidence which is forwarded onto Forensic Services for examination/analysis.

(3) No. ACT Policing works collaboratively with the Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure that all matters supported by sufficient evidence proceed to prosecution or an appropriate diversionary program.

Bushfires—management plan
(Question No 584)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 26 August 2005:

(1) Why has part 2 of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan been further delayed when it was promised for completion in July this year;

(2) Given that it is now two and a half years since the January 2003 bushfires, can it be said that the Government has become blasé about community safety in the belief that another bushfire disaster is unlikely to occur; if not, why not;

(3) What is the expected release date for the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan now that it has been delayed.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Strategic Bushfire Management Plan (SBMP) is a 10-year plan to be completed in two parts. Version One was completed in January 2005 to meet immediate Government and public expectations for bushfire management prior to the 2004/05 bushfire season.

Version One of the SBMP has been well received, provides strategic direction for bushfire management in the ACT and identifies actions that are to be undertaken over the full period of the 10 year plan.

The original expected timeframe for the release of Version Two has been revised to allow for more detailed analysis to ensure Version Two is scientifically rigorous, developed in an open and transparent manner and provide a comprehensive and long term set of strategies for bushfire management in the ACT.

(2) The Government has definitely not become blasé about community safety. The strategies and directions that are detailed in Version One of the SBMP clearly show the Government is well aware of the potential for large bushfires to impact on the Territory. This is no more clearly shown than on maps 4 and 5 of the SBMP, which show the pathways very large fires may take in the ACT, and the potential consequences. The identification of these risks provides the foundation by which the Government is delivering the strategies to prevent large fires occurring, being prepared for the inevitable occasions when fires do occur and ensuring the Territory is able to respond efficiently and effectively. A component of these strategies are community preparedness and education, which has seen the creation of community fire units, delivery of the Bush FireWise program and the development of warning systems for the community. ACT land managers, through the implementation of Bushfire Operations Plans, have also completed extensive prevention activities.

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