Page 5560 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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(6) Can the road be used in the event of flooding of the main entrance road.

(7) Is the road subject to flooding.

(8) Can the road be used during (a) the event of fire, (b) high fire danger season and (c) days of a total fire ban.

(9) What are the tare and passenger number restrictions for use of the road?

(10) What gates are on the road and (a) are they locked gates, (b) who has keys to the gates and (c) how many gates are there.

(11) Is there mobile reception along the entire route of the egress road; if so, has this been confirmed.

(12) Is the egress road one way or is it wide enough to allow for passing traffic such as emergency vehicles.

(13) Do emergency vehicles have ready access to the egress road.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. The Secondary Egress Track Works Expenditure was $34,528.54 (ex GST).

2. There was no public consultation held. Approval was sought and received from ACT Forestry.

3. The secondary egress track is on ACT Government land only.

4. The secondary egress track was constructed on a mixed terrain. It exits onto Tidbinbilla Road approximately three km east of the main access track.

5. The track is for use of four wheel drive vehicles only.

6. Yes, for use of four wheel drive vehicles only.

7. No.

8. a. No. The Bushfire Action Plan denotes all actions to be taken at different Fire Danger Index’s that defines how response to various emergency situations should be handled. This document defines the use of the emergency egress track in the event of a bushfire impinging on the 10km zone as the track passes through the neighbouring pine plantation.

b. Yes the road can be used during bushfire season (as defined by the Emergency Act 2004).

c. Yes.

9. The track is constructed to allow fire fighting vehicles to be able to traverse (28 tonne). No passenger restrictions exist.

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