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(6) The total expected cost of only servicing the 61 vehicles based on the above average costs is estimated to be $80,000. This excludes major repairs and tyres.

(7) The 2018 RFS annual servicing program commenced in July 2018 and was completed on 12 October 2018.

Bushfires—fire towers
(Question No 1849)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

(1) What is the current structural classification of each of the ACT’s fire towers.

(2) Have any of the ACT fire towers been deemed structurally unsafe in the previous 12 months; if yes, can the Minister advise (a) what tower was deemed structurally unsafe, (b) what date the tower was deemed structurally unsafe, (c) why was the tower deemed structurally unsafe, (d) what has been done to remedy the tower, (e) what date is the tower expected to be deemed structurally safe, (f) what is the total expenditure on remedying the tower to date and (g) what is the expected total expenditure needed to remedy the tower.

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

I am advised:

(1) 10a

(2) Yes

a. Kowen fire tower.

b. Access was restricted on 24 August 2018 based on preliminary email advice from the structural engineer. On 2 September 2018, the structural engineer provided formal written advice that Kowen fire tower was deemed to be structurally unsafe.

Community safety was not compromised when the tower was taken offline. Towers are just one part of the early detection and monitoring of potential bushfire threats.

c. The structural engineer’s report noted advanced timber decay of structural members and the loss of material to structural members and sectional properties.

d. ICT, Capital Works and Infrastructure, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, engaged with a building contractor to replace the decayed timber

e. The tower was assessed as structurally safe on 9 October 2018, following the completion and inspection of remedial works.

f. $51,355 + GST.

g. $51,355 + GST. This can be confirmed, once invoices are finalised.

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