Page 3706 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Obviously, the developments and improvements that people have been interested in will take time to deliver. But the view is that people would like to see the city used more. They would like more people living in it. They want more vibrancy in the city. And they want to see some of the pieces of key infrastructure delivered over time. Now is the time to have your say before we finalise the plan in agreement with the arrangements that we have undertaken with the commonwealth.
MR SMYTH: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, can you confirm whether the Deputy Chief Officer of the Rural Fire Service and the Deputy Chief Officer of the State Emergency Service have both resigned?
MR CORBELL: My understanding is that the Deputy Chief Officer ACT Rural Fire Service has retired and the Deputy Chief Officer of the Ambulance Service has resigned and taken up another position.
Mr Smyth: Did you say ambulance or SES?
MR CORBELL: Was your question about SES?
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, will these positions be filled in the near future and, if so, when?
MR CORBELL: First of all, to just clarify my previous answer so there is no confusion, in relation to the resignation to take up a different position, I was referring to the Deputy Chief Officer SES. In relation to the filling of those matters, I will take some advice from the ESA and provide an answer to the member.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, are you aware of your responsibilities, through sections 53 and 58 of the Emergencies Act 2004, regarding the constitution of the Rural Fire Service and the constitution of the SES?
MR CORBELL: Yes, I am aware of my responsibilities under the act.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you explain to the Assembly what processes are used to fill these positions?
MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. Obviously arrangements are in place for recruitment on a merit basis for any position that falls vacant in the ACT public service, and that also extends to the Emergency Services Agency.