Page 5721 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 6 December 2011

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coroner in her investigation into the same incident. As a result, the ACT is extremely well placed.

Some of the issues that we have already implemented as a result of Victoria include the adoption of the national framework for bushfire scaled advice and warnings to the community; the adoption of stay and go or prepare, from “stay or go” to the “prepare, act, survive” message; the adoption of the emergency alert telephone system; the updating of community education, information and literature, in line with revised and nationally adopted bushfire warning systems; the establishment of the elevated fire danger plan; the establishment and delivery of the national arson research program; the establishment of a significantly increased fuel management program in the ACT over the next 10 years, as identified in the territory strategic bushfire management plan version 2; and fire management zoning and the development of detailed regional fire management plans that provide for a significant increase in the extent of prescribed burning in the territory.

Emergency Services Authority—headquarters

MRS DUNNE: Minister, in answer to questions asked about access to the new headquarters for the ESA in October, you said that “the north access road has not been built” and that “there is alternative emergency access should it be required”. Minister, what is the nature of that “alternative emergency access” for the new ESA headquarters?

MR CORBELL: There are two alternative exit routes mapped from the ESA headquarters at Fairbairn. Both of these roads are across commonwealth Defence land. The roads have been identified by Defence for the same purpose, providing Defence personnel with alternative emergency access and egress. One road is to the north, with an exit onto Majura Road; the second road is to the east, with an exit onto Pialligo Avenue, to the east of the Glenora Drive intersection. The ESA will determine which alternative route to use, dependent on the nature of the incident it is seeking to deal with.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, is each of these roads an all-weather road and are there any obstructions like locked gates on these roads?

MR CORBELL: There are locked gates on these roads, but I understand that arrangements are in place to facilitate access. These are emergency alternative access; appropriate arrangements are in place to facilitate access.

ACT Policing—recruitment

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, in the past few weeks the first group of officers have graduated from the AFP college that were recruited under the “you would make a great cop” campaign. Can you outline what this campaign is about and why it is so notable that this group has now hit the street?

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