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7. Please see answer to question 5.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office.

(Question No 623)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 15 September 2017 (redirected to the Minister for Environment and Heritage):

(1) Have the immediate neighbours of the Forrest Fire Station Museum received information regarding the asbestos works, including the (a) safety precautions being taken by the asbestos taskforce throughout the works, (b) safety precautions neighbours should take during the works and (c) timeframe over which the asbestos management will be completed.

(2) How does the asbestos management work fit with the other maintenance works for the preservation of the Forrest Fire Station Museum.

(3) Has a conservation management plan been implemented for the Forrest Fire Station.

(4) Are contractors required to consider heritage issues for the replacement of the roof; if so, what consideration has been shown.

(5) Has the Forrest Fire Station heritage unit been consulted about the asbestos works and their impact upon the building and its heritage value.

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

(1) On this occasion, the immediate neighbours of the Fire Station building were not formally advised of the planned works, as the works were considered to be minor in nature and low risk. The works were low risk as there were no loose fibres that could become airborne during works, and as works were being undertaken by a licensed A Class asbestos removalist registered with WorkSafe ACT and in accordance with relevant ACT asbestos legislation and work health and safety regulations. As the works were also exempt from requiring development approval, as they only involved the exterior refinishing of buildings and structures, there was no public notification requirements of the type usually associated with a development application.

(2) The Justice and Community Safety Directorate is responsible for the maintenance of the Forrest Fire Station, being an Emergency Services Agency property; and has a contractual arrangement with a qualified maintenance provider to provide preventative maintenance services. All maintenance works are undertaken with reference to the ACT Heritage Register entry for the place, which sets out heritage guidelines for the conservation of the Fire Station building and associated heritage precinct.

(3) Under the Heritage Act 2004, the role of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is to ensure the conservation and responsible management of a particular heritage place. For heritage precincts, such as the Forrest Fire Station Precinct, heritage guidelines are considered to be the most appropriate way of achieving conservation and

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