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(8) There are no plans for fee changes in other Territory surface car parks in Civic or other town centres at the present time.

(Question No 784)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 17 November 2005:

(1) In relation to the announcement of funding from the national disaster mitigation program on 13 November in the Canberra Sunday Times, page 7, what will the $371 026 of funding be put towards;

(2) Where will the upgrade of fire trails take place and what will be upgraded;

(3) What will the development of a community preparedness strategy involve;

(4) Why is funding being issued for another community preparedness strategy and is the Government unsatisfied with its Emergencies and the national capital – A residents guide publication.

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

(1) Funding allocated under the National Disaster Mitigation Programme by the Australian Government will contribute to 13 ACT projects. These projects include improving the signage and surface capabilities of fire trails, community preparedness and upgrading asset protection zones. The complete list will be available on the DOTARS website shortly.

(2) Works to be carried out include 50 fire trail signs in various ACT forests, 200 fire trail signs within Namadgi National Park, 50 fire trail signs within Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, upgrading of fire trails to float classification at Uriarra and Pierces Creek and the upgrading of fire trails to tanker classifications at Namadgi National Park, Canberra Nature Park, Wanniassa Hills and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

(3) The community preparedness strategy includes the review and further development of measures and procedures by which the ACT community can better manage the demands of major emergencies. It includes community education requirements, partnerships and planning for advice and assistance to the community. The ACT arrangements will also reflect national and international best practice, with the intention that preparedness can be progressively, and reasonably enhanced.

(4) The Emergency Services Authority has received many positive reports from the Canberra community regarding “Emergencies and the National Capital – A residents guide”. It is a new and innovative step that better prepares the ACT community. The strategy will further expand the knowledge and capacity with a coordinated partnership between emergency services and the ACT community.

Yerrabi Pond scout hall
(Question No 788)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 22 November 2005:

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