Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 17 Sept 2009) . . Page.. 4268 ..
(Question No 262)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 18 August 2009:
(1) How much back-burning, forest litter reduction and other measures were planned to be done during the winter months to mitigate the likelihood of bushfire in the 2009-2010 bushfire season.
(2) How much of the work outlined in part (1) has been completed to date.
(3) What is the timetable for any remaining work and will the planned work be completed before the 2009-2010 bushfire season starts; if not, why not.
(4) How much work was planned to be done to ensure fire trails were accessible before the 2009-2010 bushfire season.
(5) How much of the work outlined in part (5) has been completed to date.
(6) What is the timetable for any remaining work and will the planned work be completed before the 2009-2010 bushfire season starts; if not, why not.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) All fire management activities undertaken by Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) are detailed in the annual Bush Fire Operational Plan (BOP). The 2008-2009 BOP identified nearly 400 separate activities aimed at “mitigating the likelihood of bushfire in the 2009-2010 bushfire season”. Activities to mitigate the risk of fire are undertaken on a 12 month basis and not solely through the winter months.
(2) The final BOP for 2008-09 resulted in 93% of tasks being commenced or completed. In addition to this, an extra 38 tasks outside the original BOP were also identified and completed.
(3) The activities identified in the 2008-09 BOP included over 4,000 hectares of grazing, 700 hectares of prescribed burning, 6,000 hectares of slashing, over 600 man days of training, 500 hectares of physical removal and 1,000 kilometres of fire trail maintenance and upgrades. Works have already commenced for the 2009-10 BOP.
(4) See answer to question 3.
(5) See answer to question 2.
(6) Any activities that are not completed by the end of the financial year have been included into the 2009-10 BOP. As stated, works continue on a 12 months basis.
(Question No 263)
Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Disability and Housing, upon notice, on 19 August 2009: