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(2) Has the lease been signed; if so, when;

(3) What payment arrangements are in place for the lease and has the lease been paid to date; if not, when and how will it be paid;

(4) For what length of time has the ESA leased the premises at Fairbairn;

(5) Will all emergency services operations that are currently based at Curtin be transferred to Fairbairn; if so, at what date will all operations be fully transferred; if not, (a) what operations will remain at Curtin and (b) why will they remain there;

(6) What is the nearest telephone exchange to the Fairbairn site and is this the only exchange that the Fairbairn site has access to;

(7) How many telephone exchanges does the ESA Curtin Headquarters currently have access to;

(8) What backup resources are available to be utilised and where will phone and data communications pass through in the event of a failure at the telephone exchange used by the Fairbairn facility.

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

(1) As at 4 April 2006 the Territory has only signed a sublease for the Air Support Operations Centre (ASOC) (helicopter hangar) with an annual cost (exclusive of GST) of $268,080. The Territory is still negotiating three subleases – one for another six existing buildings, one for the new ESA Headquarters and one for the Specialist Outdoor Training Centre. Costs and terms will not be finalised until each sublease negotiation is complete.

(2) ASOC building sublease was signed on 15 February 2006.

(3) ASOC building rent and outgoings are paid monthly and payments are up to date.

(4) The Territory, not the ESA, has leased the ASOC building for ten years.

(5) Yes, planning is underway for the relocation of all activities from Curtin to the Fairbairn Precinct. Final timings are not yet confirmed.

(6) The Fairbairn Precinct is connected to two telephone exchanges. Proximity is not a planning factor.

(7) Two.

(8) Business continuity planning will include disruption to fixed telecommunications infrastructure services.

Housing ACT—veterans
(Question No 1033)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2006:

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