Page 1563 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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MR CORBELL: Extensive steps have been taken to prevent a recurrence of this failure. The failure occurred because of a very significant rainfall event, in fact, a rainfall event that is estimated by the Canberra Airport Group to be a one in 100-year rainfall event. The Canberra Airport Group have undertaken a range of actions to prevent water from entering the building, as is their obligation as the owner of the premises and the grounds surrounding the building. They have constructed a series of new works which are designed to prevent a recurrence of that flooding event, including additional drainage and additional other engineering works to ensure that a recurrence of the event is eliminated to the greatest extent practicable.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Minister, what has been the cost of any remedial action at the Fairbairn headquarters, and is the total cost of any measures the responsibility of the ACT?

MR CORBELL: There are a range of costs, and costs are expected to be shared between the territory and the Capital Airport Group. Obviously the Capital Airport Group is incurring all the costs associated with remediation and additional engineering works surrounding the building on grounds that they own and external to the building. Issues in relation to damage within the building are being resolved through the territory’s insurance arrangements as will be any requirement to engage with the Capital Airport Group in relation to those insurance arrangements?

Mr Smyth: How much?

MR CORBELL: The exact cost has not been determined. Insurance matters are ongoing.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Yes, Mr Speaker. What contingency plans exist for maintaining emergency services in the event of problems at the Fairbairn headquarters?

MR CORBELL: The obvious contingency in relation to the transfer from Curtin to Fyshwick was that the Curtin facility remained available, and indeed that is what the territory has drawn upon. In the context of future arrangements, and particularly once the Curtin site is fully decommissioned, the ESA has always had as its contingency the provision to be able to stand up a capacity at the Winchester Police Centre through their 000 call-taking centre. Provision is made in the infrastructure at that facility to stand up a capacity at the Winchester Police Centre in the event of a failure at Fyshwick. Following this incident, the ESA is also exploring whether it is appropriate to retain capacity at Curtin in the longer term. That is a matter that is under ongoing consideration.

Health—life expectancy

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Health and concerns preventative health and life expectancy. Minister, the ACT Health Council has stated that, if

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