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• Garran residents were invited to a special briefing on Thursday 27 October, 6-8pm at TCH and this was notified to the President of the Garran Community Association (by letter and phone call), a letter drop to all Garran letterboxes, a notice placed at the supermarket at Garran shops and notification in the Garran Primary School newsletter.

• Capital Planners provided a briefing to the Garran Primary School P&F on Tuesday 18 October at 7pm.

• Mr Chris Schelling, President of Garran Community Association, was unable to attend the special briefing to Garran residents. He attended a special briefing on 1 November 2005, along with Mr Adrian Roberts of ACT Kindred Organisations.

• Members of the public were invited to two update information sessions at the conclusion of Stage 1. These were held at TCH on Wednesday 23 November 2005 and at CHC on Thursday 24 November 2005. These sessions were notified in the Canberra Times and The Chronicle.

Every effort is being made to ensure that the views and concerns of the local community are taken into account in all the planning stages. Further consultation will occur as the next phase of the study and the master planning activities commence.

Emergency Services Authority—broadband data links
(Question No 805)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 24 November 2005:

(1) In relation to broadband data links between Emergency Services’ departments and further to an answer to estimates question on notice No 181 (61) that stated that some of the $3 million for additional funding towards communication and information management was to be used for broadband data links, how much of the $3 million in funding was provided for broadband data links;

(2) What has been the total cost of installing broadband data links for the emergency services;

(3) How much over budget is this project, given that $1 822 000 was appropriated for funding these broadband data links over four years in the 04-05 budget;

(4) How many Emergency Services Authority suburban and volunteer stations have been connected using broadband data links and how many remain to be connected and when will they be connected.

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

(1) The ESA communications infrastructure has been enhanced with the introduction of broadband data links which provide increased connectivity and capacity. These comprise radio broadband data links as part of the overall TRN radio network and terrestrial links provided by InTACT between ESA facilities. Both combine to provide greater reliability in both fixed and mobile communication requirements. The TRN links are funded

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