Page 4694 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 31 October 2017

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with crew protection systems in the event of a rollover, which I am assured by Pat will not occur.

MR PETTERSSON: Could the minister please advise what important safety messages were delivered to the community at the open day?

MR GENTLEMAN: The open day was beneficial for all parties involved. Not only did it welcome the community into the world of emergency management but also it provided a forum for the ESA to deliver some very important messages to the community. Canberrans were able to see the interactive bushfire-prone map and speak directly to ACT Rural Fire Service firefighters about knowing their risk this bushfire season and what they can do about it.

The ACT State Emergency Service were able to share information on how to be prepared for the impact of storms and floods over the next several months. ACT Fire & Rescue’s main messages for the day were “Don’t stop looking while you’re cooking” and “Working smoke alarms save lives”. The ACT Ambulance Service highlighted the importance of first aid and encouraged Canberrans to find out more about automatic external defibrillators and CPR. These are just some examples of the many messages that our community was able to take away from what was an extremely successful open day.

The day also gave us the opportunity to entertain and entice some of our budding emergency services personnel of the future. Like everyone who attended, I am sure the kids will go home with very positive things to say about our emergency services in the ACT. Once again, I thank all the emergency services volunteers and staff for the work they do and for letting the community into the behind-the-scenes activity that occurs in the event of an emergency.

As is always the case in the organisation and planning of such events, there are many people to thank. I take the opportunity to particularly thank Joe Murphy, Chief Officer, ACT Rural Fire Service and Fiona Amundson, Manager, ESA Community Engagement. Their work, with the tremendous support of the volunteers and staff, made the day possible. A special mention also to the Canberra Airport Group who, I am told, played a big part in the success of the event.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Land Development Agency—Williamsdale Solar Farm

Land—rural block 1600 Belconnen

MS BERRY: Last week I took a question on notice from Ms Lee in relation to the acquisition of the Williamsdale Solar Farm site in Tuggeranong. The chief executive officer gave a briefing to the LDA board providing the rationale for the acquisition, being a transaction between government entities. Approval to pursue the acquisition was made on the basis of that advice and an agreed purchase price. Both parties were satisfied with the value in the original valuation. Therefore no further valuation was sought.

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