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                             PARLIAMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES
                                  LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

                                               2003-05

                      FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-THIRD PARLIAMENT

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                                  QUESTIONS
                                     AND
                                   ANSWERS
                                             No. 116

                                WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2005


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(The Questions and Answers Paper is published for each sitting day and will contain, by number and
title, all unanswered questions, together with questions to which answers have been received on the
previous sitting day and any new questions. Consequently the full text of any question will be printed
only twice: when notice is given; and, when answered.)
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                  Q. & A. No. 104                   14 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3126 to 3157)
                  Q. & A. No. 105                   15 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3158 to 3176)
                  Q. & A. No. 106                   16 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3177 to 3214)
                  Q. & A. No. 107                   17 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3215 to 3225)
                  Q. & A. No. 108                   21 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3226 to 3255)
                  Q. & A. No. 109                   22 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3256 to 3292)
                  Q. & A. No. 110                   23 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3293 to 3335)
                  Q. & A. No. 111                   24 December 2004
       (Including Question Nos 3336 to 3346)
                  Q. & A. No. 112                    11 January 2005
       (Including Question Nos 3347 to 3374)
                  Q. & A. No. 113                    12 January 2005
       (Including Question Nos 3375 to 3404)
                  Q. & A. No. 114                    13 January 2005
       (Including Question Nos 3405 to 3441)
                  Q. & A. No. 115                    14 January 2005
       (Including Question Nos 3442 to 3448)
                  Q. & A. No. 116                     29 March 2005
       (Including Question Nos 3449 to 3501)
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                                  Notice of Question given on the date shown


                                             9 NOVEMBER 2004

                                                (Paper No. 104)

*3126 TABLING DATE OF REPORT—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     (1) Did you advise the House on 3 September 2003, that the Report on the Review of the Police
         Integrity Commission Act 1996 was provided for tabling on 17 December 2002?
     (2) Did you know that the report was not tabled on 17 December 2002?
     (3) When did you find out that the report had not been tabled on 17 December 2002?
     (4) Did you table the report on 21 September 2004?
     (5) What explains the two-year delay in tabling the report?

     Answer—

     (1) to (5) I refer the Honourable Member to my previous answer to his Question on Notice No. 2862 on
           this subject.

*3127 HIGHWAY PATROL NUMBERS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     In relation to Highway Patrol numbers and in addition to Question 2981 which sought information for
     the October long weekend, as at Monday 1 November 2004:
     (1) What is the authorised number of Highway Patrol (HWP) police for the state?
     (2) What is the actual number of HWP police for the state?
     (3) How many HWP police are off duty on long-term sick report?
     (4) How many HWP police are on secondment and/or rotational duties away from HWP duties?
     (5) How many HWP police are relieving at higher duties away from HWP duties?
     (6) How many police are occupying HWP positions without having successfully completed all phases
           of the HWP course?

     Answer—

     I refer the Honourable Member to my previous answer to Question on Notice No. 2981 on this subject.

*3128 POLICE RANK NUMBERS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     In relation to police numbers:
     (1) Does the 2002-2003 NSW Police Annual Report include the authorised and actual number of NSW
           Police Leading Constables, Sergeants and Senior Sergeants?
     (2) If not, what are the authorised and actual number of NSW Police Leading Constables, Sergeants
           and Senior Sergeants?

     Answer—

     NSW Police has advised me:
     (1) The 2002-2003 NSW Police Annual Report includes a combined actual number of Sergeants and
         Senior Sergeants.
     (2) NSW Police does not have an authorised number at rank. There is no rank of “Leading Constable”.
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*3129 IPART INQUIRIES AND SERVICES SYDNEY—Mr Pringle to Minister for Energy and Utilities,
      Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and
      Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      What are the Minister’s intentions concerning access arrangements to waste water as proposed by
      companies such as Services Sydney in light of the recent inquiries by IPART into water?

      Answer—

      As the Premier of NSW, Mr Bob Carr, recently announced, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory
      Review Tribunal (IPART) will report on the costs and benefits of alternative industry structures to
      deliver water and waste water services and the principles for access that should be associated with
      alternative industry structures. The report will consider the likely impacts on customers and, in particular,
      on large families and low income households.
      The Metropolitan Water Plan announced that recycled water will be incorporated into new development
      areas. This has the potential to recycle 80 billion litres of water by 2030 at a preliminary cost estimate of
      $563 million.

*3130 CABLES DOWNUNDER REPORT—Mr Pringle to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      With reference to the report by the joint committee looking into putting “cables downunder”, what are
      the Minister’s intentions concerning the undergrounding of electricity cables?

      Answer—

      Refer to response to Question on Notice 2996 – Undergrounding of Electricity Cables.

*3131 WINDSOR SOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOL SECURITY FENCING—Mr Pringle to Deputy Premier,
      Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      In reference to the need for security fencing at Windsor South Public School:
      (1) What level of risk of security breaches has been identified at Windsor South Public School?
      (2) What is the status of the proposed security fencing?

      Answer—

      On 11 February 2003, the Government announced the Safer Schools Plan. This plan gave a commitment
      to provide security fencing to at least 200 more schools in NSW by 2007 at a total cost of $20 million.
      Windsor Park Public School has a back to base alarm system which is monitored by the School Security
      Unit. Security guard patrols are also provided to the school out of hours.

*3136 HOSPITAL BEDS—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      (1) What type and how many beds were recently purchased for Hornsby Hospital Accident and
          Emergency Department?
      (2) Have there been any complaints about the patient comfort of these beds?

      Answer—

      (1)    Hornsby Hospital recently purchased 22 Select Deluxe Emergency Trolleys.
      (2)    I am advised that no patient complaints about the comfort of these beds have been recorded.
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*3137 ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY UNIT—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      (1) How many bath/shower facilities are available to patients in the planned new Accident and
          Emergency Department at Hornsby Hospital?
      (2) How many beds are planned for this Accident and Emergency Unit?

      Answer—

      (1) There will be 1 bath and 4 showers within the Accident and Emergency Unit.
      (2) There are 19 beds and a further 7 treatment spaces in the Accident and Emergency Unit.

*3138 ELECTRICITY BLACKOUTS—Mr Merton to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science
      and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      How many blackouts of more than 10 minutes duration have been experienced in the Baulkham Hills
      Local Government Area during the period 1995 to 2003 inclusive?

      Answer—

      The detailed information requested is not readily available and its extraction would represent an
      unreasonable diversion of resources. Following is a summary of performance reliability for the regions
      that include the Baulkham Hills local government area.
      Northern Sydney and Blacktown Regions (includes Baulkham Hills LGA)
                                               SAIDI*              SAIFI**
             Energy Australia
             01/02                              101                   1.36
             02/03                               96.1                 1.32


             Integral Energy
             01/02                               84.96                0.69
             02/03                               92.48                0.62
               * average number of minutes lost per customer pa
               ** average number of interruptions / customer pa

*3141 FAMILIES FIRST PROGRAMS—Mr Kerr to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) What programs and services are planned for Families First programs in the Cronulla electorate?
      (2) What has the community in the Cronulla electorate asked the Government to provide through these
          programs?

      Answer—

      These questions needed to be directed to my colleague the Minister for Community Services, Minister
      for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth.
      As her representative in the Legislative Assembly, I brought these matters to her attention. Her response
      is as follows:
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     (1) Families First strategies being undertaken or planned in the Cronulla region include:
          Community Capacity Building Project
               The Families First South East Sydney Plan 2003-06 identified building community capacity as
               a key to improving outcomes for children. A project will commence in the Cronulla area in
               2005 to research and develop responses that will support families by building community
               capacity.
          Understanding the Local Service Network Project
               This project is being conducted across the South East Sydney region. It aims to gain a better
               understanding of the effectiveness of the network of services that support families and
               children in the prior to school years. The project will identify issues in relation to transition to
               school, local service network supports for families and information needs.
          Aboriginal Planning Officer
               An Aboriginal Planning Officer will be recruited to assist in the development of activities and
               strategies to provide support for Aboriginal families in the South East Sydney region.
          Children’s Services Development Model Project
               The important role of Children’s Services in linking families to services and acting as a
               resource for families was identified in the regional planning process. The Children’s Services
               Development Model Project has been established to develop models and resources to support
               the role of Children’s Services in the South East Sydney region.
               Training for staff in Children’s Services and associated agencies has commenced with the
               purpose of enhancing skills and supporting the use of the broader service network for family
               support and referral.
     (2) Families First provides a structure to coordinate planning for future services and for joint agreement
         on current and future funding allocations. These processes enable input from local service providers
         and community members.
         Families First is undertaking a project in Cronulla to consult with families and service providers to
         gain an understanding of what support local families need. It will provide information on the
         factors influencing family capacity to care for children and assist in the development of service
         models that will meet the needs of families in the area, including prevention and early support
         initiatives.
         Planning for the development of strategies will be commenced in 2005 after the consultation phase
         is complete.

*3144 SYDNEY METROPOLITAN PLAN—Mrs Hancock to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources—

     What is your response to the concerns of the Nature Conservation Council, the Total Environment Centre
     and the Shoalhaven community in relation to the Sydney Metropolitan Plan and its potential effect on the
     ecology of the Shoalhaven river system?

     Answer—

     The Metropolitan Water Plan includes a suite of demand, supply and recycling actions to ensure
     Sydney’s water supply over the next 25 years. It also makes significant announcements about
     environment flows for the rivers supplying Sydney.
     In relation to the Shoalhaven, the Metropolitan Water Plan includes the new works to transfer more water
     than at present from the Shoalhaven system when it has high flows. It also states that the Government
     will, as part of its determination of the new transfer regime, develop a new Shoalhaven Environmental
     Flow Regime to protect the environment. Based on a recommendation by the Hawkesbury-Nepean River
     Management Forum, this regime will be developed following further investigation into the benefits and
     costs of environmental flows and changes to water transfer practices.
     As noted in the Metropolitan Water Plan, the Government will commence community consultation and
     environmental assessment for the increased transfers from the Shoalhaven system. Under current water
     transfer operating conditions, water is extracted from Tallowa Dam in periods of low flow. It is
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      proposed to capture some of the high flows, reducing the negative impacts on the river ecosystem and
      boosting the reliability for the Shoalhaven community in dry times. This will also be using the existing
      infrastructure more effectively.
      Planning for these consultations and assessments is well underway. A final decision on the transfers will
      be made in light of the results of: the consultations; engineering/feasibility studies; assessments of the
      environmental and socio-economic impacts on the Shoalhaven River and its water users; and the
      recommended new flow regime.

*3145 SYDNEY METROPOLITAN PLAN—Mrs Hancock to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      What plans are in place to ensure that the Shoalhaven communities are consulted regarding the Sydney
      Metropolitan Plan and its potential impact on the ecology of the Shoalhaven river system?

      Answer—

      This question should be directed to the Minister for Environment, the Minister for Infrastructure and
      Planning and the Minister for Natural Resources.

*3146 CULBURRA SCHOOL CAR PARK—Mrs Hancock to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) In light of your answer regarding purchase of land for a car park at Culburra Public School, what
          are the plans to seal and formalise the land to ensure safe car parking, improved ingress and egress
          to the school and improved provisions for service delivery vehicles?
      (2) What are the exact details of the car park upgrade?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) The upgrade of the Culburra Public School car park is the subject of ongoing negotiations
           between the Culburra Public School and the Department of Education and Training’s Asset
           Management Directorate.

*3147 SPEED CAMERAS—Mr Souris to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the
      Executive Council—

      (1) What is the amount of revenue raised by the speed camera located at Lochinvar on the New
          England Highway over the last 12 months?
      (2) Over the last 12 months, what is the amount of revenue raised by speed cameras located within the
          electorate of Upper Hunter at:
          (a) New England Highway north of Scone
          (b) New England Highway at Blandford
          (c) New England Highway at Murrurundi
          (d) New England Highway south of Tamworth?
      (3) Do you have any plans to either relocate any of these cameras or place any additional cameras on
          the New England Highway between Branxton and Tamworth?
      (4) In view of advice from the Minister for Roads that this question should be directed to the Treasurer,
          do you accept responsibility for speed camera strategy in NSW?
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      Answer—

      I have been advised of the following answer:
      For the 12 months from 1 November 2003 to 31 October 2004 inclusive:
                  Location                Number of penalties issued        Total value of penalties issued
      Lochinvar                                       4,822                              $703,357
      Scone                                             907                              $140,135
      Blandford                                         473                               $68,793
      Murrurundi                                     10,632                            $1,526,785
      Quirindi                                          668                              $112,248


*3148 F3 SPEED LIMIT—Mr Souris to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      (1) Has the resurfacing and remarking of the recently upgraded road of the F3 Freeway in the 90 kph
          section between Hawkesbury River and Ourimbah been completed?
      (2) When will the speed limit be reinstated to 110 kph?

      Answer—

      (1) The southbound carriageway of the F3 Freeway was completed in early November 2004, with the
          northbound carriageway expected to be completed by the end of December 2004.
      (2) The 110kph was reinstated over the northern half of the works of the southbound carriageway on 10
          November 2004. Once the resurfacing and remarking on the northern half of the works on the
          northbound carriageway is completed the speed limit will also be raised to 110kph.

*3150 HAZARD REDUCTION IN PARKS—Mr Richardson to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

      (1) How many hectares of NSW national parks were subjected to hazard reduction/prescribed burns in
          2004?
      (2) How many burns in NSW national parks were planned for 2004?
      (3) How many hectares of NSW national parks would have been burnt under this program?
      (4) How many burns in NSW national parks were actually carried out in 2004?

      Answer—

      Since 1 January 2004, a total of 1041 actual hazard reduction activities, such as prescribed burning and
      slashing, were completed covering around 50,800 hectares of Department of Environment and
      Conservation managed lands.

*3151 MENTAL HEALTH BEDS—Mr Aplin to Minister for Health—

      (1) What is the maximum number of beds available for mental health patients at Albury Base Hospital?
      (2) How many of these beds are currently available?
      (3) What is the current status of beds nominated for mental health use but not available for this
          purpose?
      (4) When will additional resources be allocated to Albury Base Hospital to fully utilise all beds
          nominated for Nolan House?
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       Answer—

       (1) to (4) The Albury Hospital Mental Health Ward now has 21 general beds and 3 high dependency unit
             beds. All of these beds are currently available for use.

*3152 RURAL FIRE SERVICE REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS—Mr Aplin to Minister for Police,
      representing the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency
      Services, and Minister for Lands—

       (1) What consultation has been undertaken with local authorities in relation to the establishment of a
           regional headquarters for the Rural Fire Service in the Albury electorate?
       (2) Was this matter taken into account during the restructure of the former Hume, Culcairn and
           Holbrook Shires?
       (3) If not, will consideration be given to the economic and communications benefits of siting a rural
           headquarters in a rural town?

       Answer—

       Albury and Greater Hume Councils submitted proposals for the Centre’s location at Albury Airport and
       Jindera Industrial Estate respectively. Over the past three months Councils, local RFS volunteers and
       staff have participated in discussions over the proposed locations for a new joint Fire Control Centre
       facility, resulting in Albury Airport being identified as the preferred site.

*3153 CASTLE COVE BUS SERVICES—Ms Berejiklian to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       (1) Has the Government conducted any recent audits of the need for public bus routes from Castle
           Cove to the city?
       (2) Does the Government have any plans to provide bus services from Castle Cove to the city?

       Answer—

       I am advised:
       The NSW Government is committed to improving bus services in New South Wales. As a result of the
       Unsworth Review of Bus Services in New South Wales, prepared by the former Premier, Barrie
       Unsworth, the Ministry of Transport is presently negotiating new contracting arrangements with the bus
       industry, for implementation from January 2005.
       As part of the service planning process, Regional Planning Forums will be undertaken that will involve
       bus operators, key stakeholders and members of the community, to consult on proposed bus service
       changes. This will include analysis of travel patterns and patronage potential.

*3154 M5 EAST TUNNEL—Mr Page to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

       (1) What were the planning figures on the estimated use of the traffic flow on the M5 East Tunnel?
       (2) (a) Has the M5 East Tunnel now exceeded its traffic capacity?
           (b) If so, did the Roads and Traffic Authority forecast that the tunnel would reach peak capacity
               after a few years?
           (c) By how much has the tunnel exceeded its capacity?
           (d) What steps have been undertaken to ensure that the current traffic problems experienced will
               be rectified so as to ensure the smooth running of the road?
       (3) (a) Has there been a reduction in air quality within the tunnel?
           (b) If so, what action is being taken?
       (4) Why does the M5 East Tunnel not contain a breakdown lane?
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      (5) Are there plans to redesign the tunnel to allow recovery vehicles to have rapid access to broken
          down vehicles in the tunnel and avoid traffic snarls?
      (6) With the M5 East Tunnel already operating past its peak capacity, what impact will the planned
          development at Bringelly have on the tunnel?
      (7) What planning has been undertaken to limit the impact of the Bringelly development on the tunnel
          flow?

      Answer—

      I refer the Honourable Member to answer number 1553 in the Legislative Council Questions and
      Answers paper.

*3155 HEART OF THE COUNTRY BROCHURE—Mr Maguire to Minister for Tourism and Sport and
      Recreation, and Minister for Women—

      (1)   How much did the brochure titled Heart of the Country cost to produce?
      (2)   How much did the television advertisement cost to produce and air on television?
      (3)   Who authorised the content and final draft of the brochure titled Heart of the Country?
      (4)   How much money did Tourism NSW contribute to the promotion?
      (5)   Who authorised the final printing and distribution of the document?

      Answer—

      (1) Excluding GST, the Heart of Country brochure cost $51,000 to be researched and produced.
      (2) Inland New South Wales is featured in a new Heart of Country campaign. For an investment of
          $230,000, 45-second, 30-second and 15-second advertisements for use in both cinema and
          television have been produced as well as a longer infomercial. To date, $294,000 has been invested
          in airing television advertisements and a 2-minute infomercial. This investment also produced a
          comprehensive range of new broadcast quality images of inland New South Wales being available,
          for the first time, to regional tourism organisations to assist them with the promotion of their region
          as a tourism destination.
      (3) Tourism New South Wales consulted extensively with all the Regional Tourism Organisations in
          the area on the development of the campaign and its materials, including the Riverina Regional
          Tourism Organisation, which covers Wagga Wagga. The Riverina RTO approved the content of
          the Heart of Country brochure. The Riverina Regional Tourism Organisation also contributed funds
          towards the distribution of the Heart of Country brochure.
      (4) Tourism New South Wales’ new regional tourism strategy which includes the Country at Heart
          campaign is valued at $4 million.
      (5) Following discussions with all Regional Tourism Organisations in the Country at Heart region,
          including the Riverina RTO, Tourism New Wales authorised the printing and distribution of the
          Heart of Country brochure.

*3156 SPEED CAMERAS—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      In view of the Premier’s statement to Parliament on 9 November 2004 that speed cameras save lives,
      how many lives have been saved by the location of speed cameras at:
           (a) Terrigal Drive, Terrigal and
           (b) Henry Parry Drive near Gosford?

      Answer—

      In line with speed cameras in NSW, the Terrigal and Wyoming fixed speed cameras have resulted in
      enhanced levels of road safety being achieved in the vicinity of the speed camera, including local
      reductions in both the number and severity of reported crashes, as follows:
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           (a) The Terrigal speed camera, located on Terrigal Drive between Brunswick Road and Bellbird
               Avenue, commenced full-time operation in February, 2003. The posted speed limit is 60km/h
               along this section of roadway.
               In the three years prior to the installation of the Terrigal fixed speed camera, 1 person was
               killed, 27 people injured and 64 reported crashes (casualty and towaway) within 1 kilometre in
               the vicinity of the camera. In the 16 months to June 2004 since the installation of the Terrigal
               fixed speed camera, there have been no fatalities, while 12 people were injured and 18 people
               reported crashes along the same section of road.
           (b) The Wyoming speed camera located in Henry Parry Drive between Glennie Street and Dwyer
               Street, commenced full-time operation in July, 2003. The posted speed limit is 60km/h
               (40km/h during school hours) along this section of roadway.
               In the three years prior to the installation of the Wyoming fixed speed camera, there were 19
               people injured and 20 reported crashes (casualty and towaway) within an 830 metre section in
               the vicinity of the camera. In the 12 months to June 2004 since the installation of the
               Wyoming fixed speed camera, there were 2 people injured and 6 reported crashes along the
               same section of road.

*3157 HIGH SCHOOL AT SOUTH WEST ROCKS—Mr Stoner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education
      and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      In relation to the Lower Macleay High School Association proposal for a new high school or central
      school at South West Rocks to service the Lower Macleay region, including Gladstone, Smithtown,
      Kinchela, Hat Head and Stuarts Point:
      (1) Are you aware of the proposal to sell the current primary school site to fund a new central school on
            identified Crown land in South West Rocks?
      (2) If so, has your department costed this proposal?
      (3) What is your response to this proposal?

      Answer—

      (1) to (3) Analysis of the long term demographics provides insufficient justification for the establishment
            of new secondary facilities in the area.

                                                10 NOVEMBER 2004

                                                   (Paper No. 105)

*3158 RAIL CLEARWAYS PROJECT—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) How much money has been expended to date on the Rail Clearways Project?
      (2) What is the status of each project?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      Information about expenditure on the $1 billion Rail Clearways projects is publicly available in the NSW
      Budget Papers.
      Detailed information on project timeframes is publicly available on the CityRail website at
      www.cityrail.info.
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*3159 OPERATIONAL LIFE OF XPT FLEET—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       (1) What is the expected operational life of the XPT fleet?
       (2) What arrangements are in train to replace existing rolling stock?

       Answer—

       I am advised:
       I refer the Member to the previous answer on the Legislative Council question on notice number 1167.

*3160 ALLOCATION OF MILLENNIUM TRAINS—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning,
      and Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       (1) How many Millennium Trains are currently rostered for use on the Richmond railway line?
       (2) Have the problems with electricity supply now been rectified?

       Answer—

       I am advised:
       As I indicated in a previous answer on the notice paper, number 2118, I announced on 20 June 2003 that
       information about the Millennium train timetable is publicly available on the CityRail website at
       www.cityrail.info.
       RailCorp’s current operational procedures cater for the electricity supply needs of the Millennium fleet.
       Information on RailCorp’s traction supply upgrade project is publicly available in the NSW Budget
       Papers.

*3162 ACCIDENT/INCIDENT NOTIFICATION (P454 FORM)—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

       (1) (a) Of the total 12,735 Accident/Incident Notification forms submitted by police and staff from
               2002 to date in 2004, how many were submitted in each of the years 2002, 2003 and 2004?
           (b) Of the 2,874 assaults against police since 2002, how many occurred in each of the years 2002,
               2003 and 2004?
       (2) What has been the outcome of the review of these statistics by Regional Commanders, the Deputy
           Commissioners and Commissioner Moroney?

       Answer—

       (1) (a) 4,186, 4,295 and 4,254.
           (b) 985, 927 and 962.
       (2) Trends identified in the reports are used to inform corporate policy and directions in the
           Occupational Health and Safety area.


*3163 POLICE DEPARTURES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

       (1) Further to your advice that the Annual Report of NSW Police details police separations, do the
           annual reports include information on the number of police who left NSW Police as medically unfit
           or Hurt on Duty, each month since January 2002?
       (2) If not, how many how police left NSW Police as medically unfit and as Hurt on Duty, each month
           since January 2002?
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      (3) How many police left NSW Police as medically unfit and as not Hurt on Duty, each month since
          January 2002?

      Answer—

      I refer the Honourable Member to my previous answer to his Question on Notice No. 2577 on this
      subject.

*3164 VACANT SITES—Mr Hartcher to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and Minister
      for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) What vacant land properties does the Department own in the City of Gosford?
      (2) What plans does the Government have for these sites?

      Answer—

      (1) Lot 1 in DP355203, Nyah Road, Somersby
          Lot 1 in DP701343, Maitland Bay Drive, Killcare Heights
          Lot 1 in DP595433 and Lot 1 in DP782125, Kenmore Road/Avoca Drive, Green Point.
      (2) These sites are being held for possible future school education needs.

*3166 ASBESTOS IN SCHOOLS—Mr Kerr to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) Has the Department of Education conducted a survey to determine whether there is any asbestos in
          any of the schools in the electorate of Cronulla?
      (2) If not, why not?
      (3) If yes, what were the results of the survey?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) A thorough inspection of schools has been undertaken.
      (3) Asbestos cement sheeting was identified at Burraneer Bay Public School, Caringbah High School,
            Cronulla Public School, Cronulla South Public School, Lilli Pilli Public School and Taren Point
            Public School. In these schools the asbestos cement material was encapsulated and required no
            remediation works.
            Broken fibro material was identified at Endeavour Sports High School and removed.
            Fibro fragments were identified in the school grounds at Kurnell Public School and Caringbah
            North Public School. Site pick-ups were undertaken and clearance certificates were issued by an
            asbestos expert.

*3168 RAIL BRIDGE—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) What is the date of the most recent (a) structural engineering report and (b) safety audit of the rail
          bridge at Mount Ku-ring-gai adjacent to the material handling facility?
      (2) What are the results of the report and audit?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      As previously advised the bridge undergoes a detailed formal inspection every two years. RailCorp also
      carry out regular periodical inspections as required.
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      The latest detailed examination was completed on 25 August 2004. RailCorp advise the bridge is
      structurally adequate for operational requirements, with load and speed limits set at Australian Standard
      requirements.

*3169 BUS INTERCHANGE—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      What are the plans for the re-configuration of the bus interchange when the extra platform is constructed
      at Hornsby Station?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      I again refer you to previous answers on the Legislative Council question on notice number 1177 and the
      Legislative Assembly questions on notice numbers 2515 and 2556 which indicate detailed design work
      will be undertaken as part of the planning process.
      The Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation will seek input from stakeholders during the
      preparation of assessment plans for the project. In addition formal community comment will also be
      sought through a comprehensive public display.

*3170 ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY CARE—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      What is the current legal requirement for the provision of nursing care to a mentally ill patient in an
      Accident and Emergency Department (ratio, policy for meal breaks etc) when the patient is scheduled for
      an eventual bed in a mental health facility?

      Answer—

      I am advised that there is no specific legal requirement unique to the treatment of mental health patients
      in Emergency Departments.
      Where a patient is detained under the Mental Health Act in an Emergency Department, nursing care is
      provided on the basis of assessment of clinical need and risk. Risk can be categorised as a self harm risk,
      violence risk and/or absconding risk (likely to harm self or others). Local hospital policy dictates the
      management and level of care provided to such patients.

*3171 SPEECH PATHOLOGY SERVICES—Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

      In relation to preschool-aged children on the Mid North Coast requiring speech pathology services:
      (1) Are you aware that Early Intervention Services have reduced speech pathology services due to
            Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care funding cuts, resulting in 4 and 5 year-olds
            receiving no speech pathology from Early Intervention?
      (2) Are you aware that the Area Health Service has a policy of not providing speech pathology services
            to children enrolled in Early Intervention, meaning that many children cannot access these services,
            even when schools are seeking speech pathology assessments prior to enrolment?
      (3) Do you support the policy of the Area Health Service?

      Answer—

      (1) Whilst the matter of the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care budget is not my
          responsibility, I am advised by the Mid North Coast Area Health Service that the Area Health
          Service has been working with the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care to review the
          availability of resources for speech pathology services, the referral criteria for clients and the level
          of demand for services in the area.
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      (2) The Area Health Service does not have a policy of not providing speech pathology services to
          children enrolled in Early Intervention Services.
      (3) Not applicable.

*3172 SPEED CAMERAS—Mr Kerr to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      In view of the Premier’s statement to Parliament on 9 November 2004 that speed cameras save lives, on
      what evidence does the location of cameras in the Cronulla electorate support this assertion?

      Answer—

      Fixed digital speed cameras in NSW are installed at sites that meet specific criteria. The Roads and
      Traffic Authority’s (RTA) Fixed Camera Site Selection Criteria were developed in consultation with the
      NRMA and NSW Police. These criteria are based on crash and injury crash rates, as well as travelling
      speeds. The RTA’s experience with speed cameras has demonstrated dramatic reductions in average
      vehicle speeds, as well as significant reductions in both the rate and severity of crashes near most fixed
      speed cameras.
      An independent evaluation of 28 existing fixed speed cameras found that there were 21 fatalities over the
      three years prior to camera installation compared to only one fatality in two years with the cameras
      operating. Reported crashes were found to have been reduced by 20% with casualty crashes cut by 23%
      and tow-away crashes cut by 17%. In addition, there has been a dramatic reduction to speeding with an
      88% reduction on those exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 km/h. There are presently 110 fixed
      speed camera sites located throughout the State.
      There is presently one fixed digital speed camera located in the Cronulla electorate located on Captain
      Cook Drive between Cawarra Road and Gannons Road. This camera commenced full-time operation in
      April, 2001. The posted speed limit is 70 km/h along this section of roadway.
      In the three years prior to the installation of the Caringbah fixed speed camera, there were 2 persons
      killed 20 injured and 46 reported crashes (casualty and towaway) within a 1.2 kilometre section in the
      vicinity of the camera. In the three years since the installation of the Caringbah fixed speed camera, there
      were no persons killed, 9 injured and 28 reported crashes along the same section of road.
      In line with other NSW speed cameras, the Caringbah fixed speed camera has been successful in
      reducing the number of speeding vehicles. This has resulted in enhanced levels of road safety being
      achieved in the vicinity of the speed camera, including local reductions in both the number and severity
      of reported crashes.

*3173 SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS—ALBURY ELECTORATE—Mr Aplin to Deputy Premier, Minister for
      Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Community
      Services, and Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

      (1) What progress is being made in appointing speech pathologists to the vacant positions in the Albury
          office of the Department of Ageing, Disability And Home Care?
      (2) Are you aware of the extreme frustrations of clients such as Mrs Stevens of Thurgoona whose four
          year-old daughter has multiple disabilities but has only had access to three speech pathology
          sessions in the past 3½ years?

      Answer—

      (1) I am advised that the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s (DADHC) Western
          Region has identified a senior DADHC Speech Pathologist who will provide services in Albury to
          children with complex needs as part of the Region’s ongoing strategy to provide a range of services
          to families.
           I understand that DADHC’s Community Access Manager in Albury is currently reviewing the
           prioritised waiting list for Speech Pathology services and will advise over the next three weeks
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           those families whose children have been allocated to the Grade 3 Speech Pathologist for assessment
           and service provision.
      (2) I am advised that as part of the process the circumstances relating to the needs of Mrs Steven’s
          daughter will be reviewed to determine if the young girl should be included for allocation to the
          Grade 3 Speech Pathologist for assessment and service provision.

*3174 JOHN FOORD BRIDGE—COROWA—Mr Aplin to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      (1) What is the planned timeline for the upgrading of the John Foord Bridge over the Murray River at
          Corowa?
      (2) For what period will the bridge be closed to all traffic?
      (3) Will the Roads and Traffic Authority consult with the Corowa Shire Council, Business Corowa
          Mulwala and residents to minimise the effects of the bridge closure?

      Answer—

      (1) to (3) The upgrade is a major multi-million dollar project including replacement of the timber
          decking and approach spans, and repair and repainting of steelwork. Planning is in the early stages
          and the work is expected to commence in 2006.
          An integral part of the planning process involves community consultation. In this regard, a
          Committee was recently formed including representatives from Corowa and Indigo Shire Councils
          the RTA and VicRoads. Community consultation is expected to commence in early 2005.

*3175 NEUTRAL BAY BUS DEPOT—Mrs Skinner to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      In relation to the STA bus depot at Neutral Bay:
      (1) Can you confirm that discussions have taken place between the STA and any developers regarding
           the possibility of relocating the bus depot?
      (2) Who has been involved in these discussions?
      (3) Will there be public consultation about any proposed move?
      (4) Should the depot be moved, will the site be sold or will it be used for other government services?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      In August 2004, State Transit engaged the Department of Commerce to assist in an invitation of
      expressions of interest for commercial development of its operational sites including the possible
      replacement of North Sydney and Willoughby Depots.
      If State Transit should propose to re-develop the Ernest Street site it would follow normal procedures and
      submit a Development Application to North Sydney Council. Council would then take the necessary
      steps to advertise the proposed re-development.
      Should the sale of the land become a consideration, State Transit will follow the normal Government
      guidelines associated with the disposal of land.

*3176 TRANSGENDER INMATES—Ms Seaton to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment,
      representing the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship—

      (1) As at 10 November 2004, how many transgender inmates are in custody in New South Wales in (a)
          male and (b) female gaols?
      (2) How many transgender inmates have been housed in New South Wales gaols since 1 January 1995
          in (a) male and (b) female gaols?
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     (3) (a)  Have any prisoners in New South Wales gaols (a) commenced or (b) completed gender
              reassignment treatment whilst an inmate?
          (b) If so, how many?

     Answer—

     (1) and (2) The Department of Corrective Services does not maintain separate statistics for transgender
         inmates, but counts transgender inmates amongst all inmates of the correctional authority where
         they are placed.
     (3) The Department of Corrective Services neither commences nor completes gender reassignment
         treatment for inmates. The Member is referred to Section 236A of the Crimes (Administration of
         Sentences) Act 1999.


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                                                  (Paper No. 106)

*3177 RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL AIR-CONDITIONING—Mr Pringle to Deputy Premier, Minister for
      Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What is the proposed timetable for air-conditioning the classrooms of Richmond High School?

     Answer—

     The provision of further air cooling in classrooms at Richmond High School will be considered in the
     context of future capital works priorities.

*3178 AIR-CONDITIONING IN HAWKESBURY ELECTORATE SCHOOLS—Mr Pringle to Deputy
      Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) Will all demountable classrooms in the Hawkesbury electorate be air-conditioned by 30 June 2005?
     (2) Which additional classrooms are proposed to be air-conditioned by:
         (a) 30 June 2005,
         (b) 30 June 2006, and
         (c) 30 June 2007?

     Answer—

     (1) Yes.
     (2) (a) to (c) The Department of Education and Training’s Air Cooling Program provides air cooling to
               schools in a way that addresses the highest heat stress locations in the State in priority order.
               The program gives precedence to air cooling permanent classrooms in schools in areas with a
               mean maximum January temperature of 30° Celsius and above.
               It is not possible to provide an indication of the timing of the inclusion of any project in a
               future capital works program.

*3179 DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE POLICY—Mr Pringle to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

     When will the Roads and Traffic Authority’s policy for signposting public transport interchanges
     (referred to in answer to question 2092) be available for public comment?
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      Answer—

      The Roads and Traffic Authority’s policy for the signposting of Transport Interchanges will be
      determined in early 2005.

*3180 ST VINCENT’S CRISIS SERVICE—Ms Moore to Minister for Health—

      (1) Is the former 24-hour crisis mental health service from St Vincent’s Hospital now closed from
          10.00 pm?
      (2) What action has been taken to provide urgently needed 24-hour crisis services for people in the
          inner city who have acute mental illness?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) I am advised by the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service that St Vincent’s Hospital
           continues to provide a 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis service to people in the inner city who have an
           acute mental health illness.

*3181 COAL-FIRED ELECTRICITY—Ms Moore to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science
      and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      Are there any plans for increased coal-fired electricity for NSW either through the creation of a new
      coal-fired plant or through the enlargement of an existing plant?

      Answer—

      The NSW Government is aware of over 4,845MW of generation proposals currently underway, in the
      planning process or being investigated by proponents for feasibility, of which over 2,000MW would be
      from non coal-fired sources.
      In addition the Government is developing a consultation paper on options for the future supply of
      electricity, which includes:
             The greenhouse impact of generation
             The role of emission trading and greenhouse benchmarks
             Energy efficiency and demand management
             Interconnection with other states.

*3182 POLICE ABORIGINAL STRATEGY—Ms Moore to Minister for Police—

      (1) What outcomes have been achieved through the Police Aboriginal Strategic Direction 2003-2006,
          which is now over halfway through its implementation period?
      (2) How has the Government evaluated progress on this policy, and what changes will be made for
          future police operations?

      Answer—

      (1) I refer the Honourable Member to my answer to her previous Question on Notice No. 2618 on this
          issue.
      (2) NSW Police have advised me that the Aboriginal Strategic Direction Steering Committee is
          monitoring the implementation of the Aboriginal Strategic Direction 2003-2006 and assisting Local
          Area Commands as required.
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*3183 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION—Ms Moore to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     How do the recent cuts to the Department of Environment and Conservation impact on environmental
     education programs, and in particular:
          (a) How many programs will be reduced?
          (b) How many programs will be discontinued?
          (c) Are there any plans to commence new education programs?
          (d) Has there been a reduction in the total target audience of these programs?
          (e) What will happen to the bilingual educators program in partnership with the Ethnic
               Communities Council?

     Answer—

     The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is providing substantial resources for
     environmental education in 2004-2005. The DEC’s Sustainability Programs Division employs education
     specialists and provides major education programs for industry, councils, community and specialised
     target groups. Education programs conducted by the DEC are reviewed annually and planned each year
     in response to changing priorities. Changes to target audiences for DEC education programs are regularly
     made following this assessment.
     A number of new DEC education programs will commence in 2004-2005. These include the DEC’s
     components of the next phase of the Government’s sustainability education program (Our Environment –
     It’s A Living Thing). New elements include professional development activities, and web resources. A
     new business partnerships project is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2005. The bilingual
     educators program is continuing in 2004-2005 in partnership with the Ethnic Communities Council.

*3184 MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS—Ms Moore to Minister for Police—

     (1) What proportion of Kings Cross Police Local Area Command resources are allocated to responding
         to mental health crisis calls?
     (2) What proportion of Surry Hills Police Local Area Command resources are allocated to responding
         to mental health crisis calls?
     (3) What proportion of Redfern Police Local Area Command resources are allocated to responding to
         mental health crisis calls?
     (4) How does this level of police involvement in mental health crisis compare with other Police
         Commands across NSW?
     (5) What specific action has the Government taken to reduce this need for crisis police action and
         ensure people with a mental illness get the help they need to stabilise their health and get back on
         their feet?

     Answer—

     NSW Police have advised me:
     (1) to (4) The information requested is unable to be quantified.
     (5) A review of the Mental Health Act is currently being conducted and the role of NSW Police in
         transporting mentally ill people for assessment will be considered as part of this review.

*3185 MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATIONS—Ms Moore to Minister for Health—

     (1) Are three-quarters of the presentations brought by police to Caritas mental health service brought in
         the back of “paddy wagons”?
     (2) How does this level of police involvement in mental health crisis compare with other mental health
         services across NSW?
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      (3) What specific action has the Government taken to reduce this need for crisis police action and
          ensure people with a mental illness get the help they need to stabilise their health and get back on
          their feet?

      Answer—

      (1) I am advised that the number of patients transported in a “Paddy Wagon” is not known, as this data
          is not collected.
      (2) There is a higher police involvement in the inner city compared to the state average due to the local
          demographics of homelessness, higher levels of drug and alcohol abuse and chronic mental illness.
      (3) Mental Health Units across the State provide assistance, care and treatment to persons presenting
          with a mental health illness, with a primary focus of stabilization of their health and a return to the
          community as quickly as appropriate.
           Through an ongoing relationship between NSW Health and NSW Police, strategies and policies are
           under constant review with the aim of reducing police involvement in all but the most extreme
           mental health crisis.
           A growing number of Mental Health Professionals such as nurses are gaining accreditation under
           Section 287A of the Mental Health Act 1990. This training, instigated in 2003, has seen 68 Mental
           Health Professionals accredited, with another 122 due to be accredited in February 2005. This
           initiative will see a more appropriate, consistent and timely care being provided to mental health
           patients from their mental health service.

*3186 CROWN LAND AT WUMBULGAL—Mr Piccoli to Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
      the Illawarra, and Minister for Small Business, representing the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for
      Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

      In relation to Crown Land, being Lot 1 in DP 821573, at Wumbulgal near Griffith that in approximately
      1999 was subdivided into two new lots:
      (1) (a) Has the Lands Department sold the two subdivided lots?
            (b) If so, what are the details of the sale?
      (2) If they have been sold why were they not offered for sale by public auction?

      Answer—

      As title for Lot DP821573 (now cancelled) stood in the name of the Water Administration Ministerial
      Corporation, this question is more appropriately directed to the Minister for Natural Resources.

*3187 VACANT LAND—Mr Kerr to Minister for Health—

      (1) What vacant land properties does the Department own in the Cronulla electorate?
      (2) What plans does the Government have for these sites?

      Answer—

      (1) Nil.
      (2) Not applicable.

*3189 VACANT LAND—Mr Kerr to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for
      Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) What vacant land properties does the Department own in the Cronulla electorate?
      (2) What plans does the Government have for these sites?
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      Answer—

      (1) I am advised that there are no vacant land properties owned by the Department of Education and
          Training in the Cronulla Electorate.
      (2) Not applicable.

*3190 COMMUNITY CONSULTATION—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What is the exact date that the community consultation will take place in the Mount Colah area in
      relation to federal black spot funding for traffic lights at an intersection along the Pacific Highway in this
      suburb?

      Answer—

      Community consultation commenced on Tuesday 23 November 2004.

*3191 SEWAGE CONNECTION PRIORITIES—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister
      for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      (1) How much funding was allocated to Mulgoa/Wallacia sewage treatment facility and household
          connection?
      (2) When was this funding allocated?
      (3) Which State budget shows the inclusion of this funding?
      (4) Why was Mulgoa/Wallacia chosen instead of Brooklyn/Dangar Island, when the latter is the site
          that has been on the priority one list for the longest?

      Answer—

      Sydney Water has advised:
      (1) Sydney Water has allocated $65 million for the Mulgoa, Wallacia and Silverdale Sewerage
          Scheme. The costs of individual household connections are borne by the property owner.
      (2) The Minister for Infrastructure and Planning approved the scheme on 13 September 2004. Funding
          was allocated from Sydney Water’s 2004-05 budget.
      (3) Sydney Water is a state owned corporation and, therefore, Sydney Water’s budget does not form
          part of the State budget.
      (4) In 1997, the NSW Government announced that 16 areas would be included under Stage One of the
          Priority Sewerage Program. These areas include Mulgoa, Wallacia and Silverdale, and Brooklyn
          and Dangar Island. The areas within Stage One are not marked in any particular order. The order
          in which these areas are serviced is subject to the time required for detailed planning, environmental
          assessment, approvals and the availability of funds for each area.

*3192 WATER CLEANLINESS—Mrs Hopwood to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment—

      What is the status of work being undertaken to improve the cleanliness of the Hawkesbury River in and
      around Brooklyn, Long Island and Sunny Corner?

      Answer—

      Brooklyn and Dangar Island are to have a reticulated sewerage system constructed as part of the
      Government’s Priority Sewage Program.
      Further information on the cost and timing for delivery of the scheme should be sought from my
      colleague the Minister for Energy and Utilities, who has primary responsibility for this program.
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*3194 774 BUS—Mr Amery to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural Resources,
      representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for State Development—

      (1) What reasons have been given by the Westbus Bus Company for the cancellation of the 774 bus
          from St Clair to Mount Druitt?
      (2) How many other services to Mount Druitt have been cancelled by Westbus?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      Westbus made some sudden changes to bus services in the Mt Druitt area on 1 November 2004.
      The Members for Penrith, Londonderry and Mulgoa made representations to me resulting in the
      immediate scheduling of talks between the Ministry of Transport, Westbus and the local Members.
      At the outcome of the meeting Westbus agreed to work with the affected schools to resolve some of the
      local community’s concerns about the service changes.
      Since the discussion, I understand Westbus has reinstated three services and made some diversions and
      adjustments to other affected services.
      Westbus intends to utilise these resources in other areas of its operations, where patronage warrants
      additional or new services.
      Westbus has advised the Ministry of Transport route 767 to Mount Druitt has also been cancelled, but
      similar services have now been incorporated into routes 766 and 769.
      While some of the concerns raised by Members have been addressed, I am still not satisfied Westbus is
      providing adequate services in the Mt Druitt area.
      Existing contractual arrangements preclude the Ministry of Transport from properly coordinating bus
      services and do not require bus companies to consult with schools and local communities when making
      service planning decisions.
      Under new contracts which will come into force in 2005, any changes to bus networks will be
      undertaken in consultation with the community through the proposed Regional Planning Forums.
      The Regional Planning Forum process is currently being developed and is expected to include
      representatives from local government, operators and the community to plan and discuss future changes
      to bus services.
      Under the new contracts bus operators will not be able to change services without community
      consultation and approval. Unfortunately, until the new contracts come into force in 2005, the Ministry
      cannot compel bus companies to provide improved services.
      Further details of public involvement in the process will be made available as the new arrangements are
      implemented in 2005.

*3195 TEACHER NUMBERS—Mr Amery to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) How many full-time teachers are employed in the State’s public primary schools?
      (2) How many of these teachers are:
          (a) male
          (b) female?
      (3) How do the above number and gender balance of primary school teachers compare with 1995?

      Answer—

      (1) 23,272 full-time permanent and temporary (non-casual) teachers as at 30 June 2004.
      (2) and (3) 5,108 were male. 18,164 were female.
            A direct comparison between the 1995 and 2004 teacher numbers is not possible due to changes in
            the collection of annual statistics between 1995 and 2004 – the temporary teacher classification did
            not exist in 1995; and teachers on leave without pay for 12 months or more are not included in data
            for 2004.
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*3196 DETECTIVE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT BOB INKSTER—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     (1) Was Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Inkster “recently given an international police medal” for
         his work on smuggling re-birthed cars?
     (2) Was the then Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Inkster and/or another police officer nominated
         for or received an award in relation to the work of Strike Force Worth dealing with gangs and car
         re-birthing?
     (3) If so, was he or another police officer invited to attend the award ceremony and/or deliver a paper
         on policing strategies?
     (4) Where was the awards ceremony and/or conference to take place?
     (5) Did the then Detective Chief Superintendent Inkster or another police officer attend and if not, why
         not?
     (6) What was the proposed cost of the visit and when was it to take place?

     Answer—

     NSW Police advise me:
     (1) No.
     (2) Yes.
     (3) Yes, and no.
     (4) Belgium.
     (5) No.
     (6) Not applicable (see (5) above).

*3197 WEBSITE INFORMATION—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     In relation to NSW Police On-Line:
     (1) Does the NSW Police website contain information on Local Area Commands in NSW?
     (2) If not, why does the website no longer allow the public to search for their local LAC?
     (3) Why does the website no longer contain the address and phone numbers of all stations in each
          LAC?
     (4) Why does the website no longer detail the name of the LAC commanders?
     (5) Why does the website no longer contain maps of each LAC?
     (6) Why does the NSW Police website now only record the previous financial year’s NSW Police
          Annual Report?

     Answer—

     (1) to (6) I refer the Honourable Member to my previous answer to Question on Notice No. 2892 on
         this subject.

*3198 SLASH RESISTANT GLOVES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     What amount of funding has been released since August 2003 for slash resistant gloves and when was
     the funding released?

     Answer—

     I refer the Honourable Member to my previous answers to Questions on Notice No. 1631 and No. 2812
     on this subject.
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*3199 GREEN POWER—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
      Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
      Arts—

      With reference to your advice that Government was considering options to further encourage residential
      customers to purchase Green Power:
      (1) What options is the Government considering?
      (2) When will one or all of these options be implemented?

      Answer—

      (1) The Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability [DEUS] and the Sustainable Energy
          Authority Victoria (SEAV), on behalf of the National Green Power Accreditation Program and in
          partnership with electricity retailers, have been working together to develop a National Green Power
          Consumer Awareness Strategy to promote the uptake of Green Power across Australia and increase
          customer participation.
           Market research undertaken by both DEUS and SEAV identified that a key barrier to increased
           uptake of Green Power is the lack of consumer confidence in green energy products.
           The key reason for a Government-led awareness and education program is to build consumer
           confidence in the Green Power brand as a symbol of trust backed by the NSW Government and
           other state governments across Australia.
           The Green Power website, www.greenpower.com.au, will be maintained and will continue to
           provide information to encourage energy consumers who wish to purchase accredited Green Power
           products.
           DEUS has recently updated the Green Power Local Government Purchasing Guide, which
           encourages local councils to provide leadership within their community by promoting their
           purchase of accredited Green Power while encouraging residents to purchase Green Power for their
           homes.
      (2) It is anticipated that jurisdictions will agree to the national consumer awareness campaign roll-out in
          the first half of 2005.
           The Green Power website is ongoing.
           The Local Government Purchasing Guide will be distributed to all NSW councils late 2004 and
           early 2005.

*3200 UNDERGROUND LINES—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
      Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) (a) How many authorised of EnergyAustralia powerlines are underground?
          (b) In which individual localities?
      (2) (a) How many authorised of EnergyAustralia powerlines are overhead?
          (b) In which individual localities?
      (3) What is EnergyAustralia’s policy on the undergrounding of powerlines?

      Answer—

      EnergyAustralia has advised:
      (1) (a) EnergyAustralia currently has 13,452 kilometres of underground powerlines (as at 1 July
              2004). This represents about 27% of the total length of powerlines in EnergyAustralia’s
              network area.
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                 Table 1: Total Kilometres of EnergyAustralia’s Underground Powerlines, by Voltage Level*
                                                                                   Kilometres of
                                          Voltage Level
                                                                                Underground Cables
                 Sub-transmission (33kV, 66kV, 132kV)                                    1,488
                 High Voltage (11kV and other high voltage levels)                       6,247
                 Low Voltage (415kV)                                                     5,717
                 TOTAL UNDERGROUND                                                      13,452
                *Based on latest available figures as at 1 July 2004.
          (b) Overhead and underground powerlines are located in all suburbs in EnergyAustralia’s network
              area. However, some areas contain a larger proportion of either overhead or underground
              assets depending on the nature of the environment and the development which has taken place
              in the area. For example, the CBD and Eastern suburbs has a larger proportion of underground
              powerlines due to the high density building in the area.
      (2) (a) EnergyAustralia currently has 35,624 kilometres of overhead powerlines (as at 1 July 2004).
              This represents about 73% of the total length of powerlines in EnergyAustralia’s network area.
                Table 2: Total Kilometres of EnergyAustralia’s Overhead Powerlines, by Voltage Level*
                                                                                   Kilometres of
                                          Voltage Level
                                                                                  Overhead Cables
                 Sub-transmission (33kV, 66kV, 132kV)                                  3,179
                 High Voltage (11kV and other high voltage levels)                      10,272
                 Low Voltage (415kV)                                                    22,173
                 TOTAL OVERHEAD                                                         35,624
                *Based on latest available figures as at 1 July 2004.
          (b) Refer answer (1)(b)
      (3) EnergyAustralia’s current policy is to place cables underground in new developments or in areas
          where there are significant net benefits. It has also been a requirement since the mid 1970s that all
          new urban subdivisions have underground power supply. Developers are responsible for the cost of
          underground cables in new residential developments.
          EnergyAustralia Network Policy (ES 10) in relation to undergrounding requires that:
           All extensions to or relocations of the high voltage network in urban areas shall be of
               underground construction. Exceptions to this may be authorised in special cases such as in
               flood prone areas or for minor diversions or upgrading of existing overhead construction
               subject to a satisfactory evaluation of environmental impacts.
           All low voltage service mains in urban areas shall be underground in areas supplied by
               underground low voltage distribution mains.
           Premises located in an urban overhead distribution mains area must make provision for
               connection to future underground distribution mains.
           All new residential subdivisions in urban areas must utilise low voltage underground
               construction.
           All new commercial and industrial subdivisions in urban areas must utilise low voltage
               construction that complies with the relevant council’s Development Consent requirements.

*3201 UNDERGROUND LINES—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
      Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) (a) How many kilometres of Country Energy powerlines are underground?
          (b) In which individual localities?
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      (2) (a) How many kilometres of Country Energy powerlines are overhead?
          (b) In which individual localities?
      (3) What is CountryEnergy’s policy on the undergrounding of powerlines?

      Answer—

      Country Energy has advised:
      (1) (a) and (b) Country Energy currently has more than 4,500 kilometres of underground powerlines
                located in country and coastal communities across New South Wales.
                Country Energy has been working closely with shire councils to identify opportunities to
                relocate overhead powerlines underground in association with other infrastructure projects.
                Since 1989, many shires have also required that all new urban subdivisions have powerlines
                located underground. These initiatives mean that most towns in Country Energy’s area now
                have some underground powerlines.
                In Wagga Wagga for example, Country Energy is working with Wagga Wagga City Council
                on a CBD beautification project which includes the installation of underground powerlines.
                Country Energy is also working with Carrathool Shire Council to underground powerlines on
                Hillston’s main street to improve services to the local community.
      (2) (a) and (b) Country Energy has more than 184,550 kilometres of overhead powerlines, as well as
                1.33 million power poles, servicing more than 1,500 communities across three quarters of the
                State.
                When Country Energy was formed it began a long term program to upgrade its network, as
                well as improve the reliability of customers’ power supplies and lift overall service levels.
                Country Energy has spent more than $500 million on its network and associated services in
                just three years and plans to spend another $1.2 billion over the next five years.
      (3) Country Energy is always looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with undergrounding
          powerlines and to encourage more underground installations in the future.
          To help minimise costs, Country Energy works with local councils to underground powerlines in
          association with other projects in CBD, heritage and high vegetation areas. Country Energy works
          to keep undergrounding costs to a minimum where mutual benefits such as improving supply
          reliability and reducing powerline and vegetation maintenance costs can be achieved.

*3202 UNDERGROUND LINES—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
      Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) (a) How many authorised of Integral Energy powerlines are underground?
          (b) In which individual localities?
      (2) (a) How many authorised of Integral Energy powerlines are overhead?
          (b) In which individual localities?
      (3) What is Integral Energy’s policy on the undergrounding of powerlines?

      Answer—

      Integral Energy has advised:
      (1) (a) Integral Energy’s network spans across 24,500 square kilometres and is bound together by
                 approximately 33,000 kilometres of underground and overhead cable. It is estimated that
                 approximately 39% of Integral’s low voltage network and 17% of the high voltage network
                 are underground.
           (b) Integral Energy estimates that 95% of all powerlines in post-1970 residential estates within its
                 franchise are underground.
      (2) (a) It is estimated that 61% of Integral’s low voltage network and 83% of the high voltage
                 network are overhead.
           (b) Overhead powerlines are evident throughout Integral Energy’s network.
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      (3) Electricity distribution is capital intensive. This capital is recovered through regulated tariffs
          charged for the use of the electricity supply network or capital contributions from customers for
          connection assets in accordance with guidelines set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory
          Tribunal (IPART). Tariffs are regulated to ensure electricity supply is provided to customers at
          costs that are apportioned in a fair and equitable manner on reasonable user-pays principles.
          Placing electricity assets underground incurs additional costs that are funded within Integral
          Energy’s franchise on a beneficiary-pays basis. Integral Energy co-operates wherever possible with
          other interested parties in considering options for the undergrounding of electricity assets.
          During the 1970’s, Integral Energy introduced a policy to provide new urban residential
          subdivisions with undergrounding distribution cabling. This has been at the developer’s cost.
          Wherever practical, new urban residential, commercial and industrial developments are provided
          with underground 11 kV and low voltage cabling at the time of subdivision at the developer’s cost.
          Since the mid 1990s, IPART has determined that works where a developer pays a capital
          contribution are contestable. The developers are free to choose suitably qualified and accredited
          contractors based on cost and delivery timeframes. Developers receive the benefit from better
          returns on the sales of individual lots in the development. Once works are completed at the
          developer’s cost, Integral Energy refunds the costs involved in establishing the high voltage
          network assets that are shared with other developers in accordance with IPART’s guidelines.
          Individual customers are responsible for the costs associated with the installation, maintenance and
          replacement of their service lines from Integral Energy’s assets to their point of supply.
          Integral Energy requires all developers wishing to relocate existing overhead assets to do so using a
          modern equivalent like-for-like basis, unless it is technically impractical to do so. At the
          developer’s option, they can choose to replace the overhead asset with an appropriately rated
          underground asset at Integral Energy’s standard. All costs associated with the undergrounding of
          existing assets are to the account of the developer.

*3203 EDUCATION OF SUSTAINABILITY—Ms Moore to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

      Given that next year (2005) the internationally authorised UN Decade of Education for Sustainability
      commences, what initiatives are planned as part of New South Wales’ participation in this high profile
      and significant initiative?

      Answer—

      The NSW Council for Environmental Education’s three year Environmental Education Plan Learning for
      Sustainability coordinates all environmental education activities across government in NSW, including
      activities which may be planned for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development,
      commencing in 2005. The current plan for 2002-2005 is being reviewed with a view to preparation of
      the next three year plan (2006-2009).
      The Council has identified the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development as a priority area
      in the preparation of the new plan and has written to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment
      and Heritage, Senator the Hon Ian Campbell, seeking joint State-Commonwealth cooperation in
      activities to support the Decade. The Chair of the NSW Council for Environmental Education, Dr
      Ronnie Harding, is currently discussing these matters with the Commonwealth Department of
      Environment and Heritage and will provide advice regarding the most effective way forward to
      incorporate the theme in the Government’s programs.

*3204 DEMAND MANAGEMENT FUND—Ms Moore to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      What are the outcomes of the Demand Management Fund Task Force?
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     Answer—

     The Demand Management Task Force has provided a report for the consideration of the Premier, the
     Hon Bob Carr MP and Cabinet.

*3205 BASIX PLANNING REQUIREMENTS—Ms Moore to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources—

     Since the introduction of the BASIX planning requirements, what preliminary figures are available
     including:
          (a) number of new houses that have applied the new requirements
          (b) number of apartments/units
          (c) Igreenhouse gas savings
          (d) water savings; and
          (e) common energy and water saving initiatives?

     Answer—

     BASIX is in its fifth month of implementation in the Sydney region for single dwellings and dual
     occupancies, and to date over 3700 BASIX Certificates have been issued.
     This means that from 1 July this year, when BASIX for single dwellings was implemented, each Sydney
     home that has been approved under BASIX will achieve a 25% reduction target for greenhouse
     emissions and a 40% reduction target for water consumption.
     Already, project home developers are marketing their new developments as BASIX compliant – BASIX
     was launched at Stockland’s Bridgewater Estate at South Camden where houses meet the BASIX
     requirements.
     Last month, my colleague the Hon Diane Beamer, the Minister assisting me in planning administration,
     opened the Nelson’s Ridge housing estate at Pemulway. This estate showcases a range of BASIX
     compliant houses incorporating rainwater tanks, insulation, performance glass and efficient appliances.
     BASIX is currently being extended to include multi-unit residential developments, and this will come
     into effect in Sydney on 1 February next year. From 1 July 2005 BASIX will be mandatory for all new
     residential dwellings across NSW.
     Over the next 10 years the full implementation of BASIX is expected to save 9.5 million tonnes of
     greenhouse gas emissions. That is the equivalent of taking 2.6 million cars off the road and saving 287
     billion litres of water for the same period, which is the equivalent of about 15 per cent of a full
     Warragamba Dam.
     BASIX is an excellent example of good government policy at work. It not only sets targets that are
     mandatory, BASIX provides the know-how and flexibility needed to achieve the targets.
     The BASIX tool is web-based, free and easy to use and it will make an enormous difference to
     greenhouse emissions and water consumption across the state. Already, we are seeing changes in house
     design: for example, designing a home to remove the need for airconditioning, a saving on the plan itself
     of about $1,500 and a substantial saving in ongoing electricity bills.
     The incorporation of a rainwater tank, the ability to use solar electricity and putting basic and simple
     things back into a house, such as eaves for shade and a clothesline instead of clothes dryer, are the sorts
     of things that build up the BASIX profile to make those 40 per cent savings in water and 25 per cent
     savings in electricity.

*3206 AMBER HOUSE—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Health—

     With reference to advice provided by the Minister for Health that the decrease in funding for Amber
     House reflected a drop in hours from full time to part time of an occupational therapist at the employee’s
     request:
     (1) How long had that employee worked as a full time employee?
     (2) On what date did the employee cease to be a full time employee?
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     (3)   What hours does the employee work as a part time employee?
     (4)   What specific occupational therapy hours have been provided to the southern network?
     (5)   Which network operators does it provide to?
     (6)   Which programs is it provided to?
     (7)   When was it provided to the southern network?
     (8)   Who provided the information to the Minister to prepare the answer to question 2386 specifically in
           relation to funding for Amber House in Taree?

     Answer—

     (1) to (3) I am advised that the occupational therapist currently works twenty-four hours per week. The
         Occupational Therapist position has always been occupied by either a casual or permanent part time
         employee.
     (4) One full time Occupational Therapist in Acute In Patient Services and 0.6 (full time equivalent) in
         Community Rehabilitation.
     (5) Mental Health consumers in the Taree area on referral from the Mental Health case managers.
     (6) Consumers returning to the community from acute care and to provide respite for carers.
     (7) The program commenced in 1986.
     (8) The information provided to answer question 2386 was authorised by the Administrator, Hunter
         New England Area Health Service.

*3207 ARTS AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS—Mr J.H. Turner to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister
      for Citizenship—

     (1) What programs are available for funding under the Regional Arts And Cultural Programs?
     (2) What was the funding available under all Regional Arts And Cultural Programs for the financial
         years 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004 and anticipated for 2004-2005?
     (3) Have there been financial cuts to any of the programs?
     (4) If so, why have there been financial cuts?
     (5) If so, which programs have experienced financial cuts?
     (6) If there have been cuts to any programs specifically operating in rural and regional NSW, will the
         Minister consider re-implementing the funding to the immediate past level?
     (7) If not, why not?

     Answer—

     (1) to (7) The NSW Government provides funding for the arts throughout NSW through a range of
         cultural grants programs. The Government also provides funding through awards, fellowships and
         scholarships administered by the NSW Ministry for the Arts.
         Funding for all special initiatives and other funding programs which include both regional and
         metropolitan Sydney is as follows:
                                                               Funding
                         1999/2000                           $21,483,437
                         2000/2001                           $23,374,252
                         2001/2002                           $30,188,598
                         2002/2003                           $35,842,073
                         2003/2004                           $55,163,344
                         2004/2005 estimate                  $32,549,168
           Commonwealth Grants Commission inequities resulted in a $376 million shortfall for New South
           Wales which was managed through the 2004-05 budget process. As a result, savings have been
           applied across New South Wales Government agencies, including arts and cultural programs.
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             Savings have been applied across most funding programs including the Capital Infrastructure,
             Community Cultural Development, Dance, International, Theatre, Literature and History, Music,
             Museums, Performing Arts Touring, Visual Arts and Craft programs.
             If the Commonwealth does not reverse the Commonwealth Grants Commission inequities in 2004-
             05, New South Wales will be unable to reverse the savings it has been forced to achieve.

*3208 PLATELETS—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Health—

      (1)    Does the Department of Health keep a supply of platelets?
      (2)    If so, what is the amount of stock?
      (3)    If so, where are the stocks kept?
      (4)    If so, does the department have a policy in relation to the distribution of platelets to hospitals?
      (5)    If so, what is that policy?
      (6)    If so, is there a benchmark for a patient’s condition as to platelet count before any such distribution
             occurs?
      (7)    If so, what is that benchmark?
      (8)    If so, why is such benchmark in place?
      (9)    If so, who determines such benchmark?
      (10)   Are platelets supplies available to be distributed to rural and regional NSW in the event of a
             patient’s benchmark being reached on weekends?
      (11)   If so, how are they distributed?
      (12)   If supplies are not available, why are they not available?
      (13)   What would be the effect of a patient whose platelet count goes down to 20 or less and did not
             receive a platelet replacement?
      (14)   What would be the suggested treatment for such a patient in such circumstances?

      Answer—

      (1) to (14) In accordance with an inter-Government agreement between the NSW Government and the
          National Blood Authority, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) collects, tests,
          processes and supplies blood and blood products to NSW hospitals.
           I am advised that a supply of platelets is kept at all major hospitals. The amount stored in hospital
           blood banks is negotiated between the hospitals and the ARCBS based on local clinical needs.
           Additional supplies of platelets are available from the ARCBS, who are open for the distribution of
           blood products to hospitals 24 hours a day seven days a week.
           Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Platelets have been issued by the National
           Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Australasian Society of Blood Transfusion
           (ASBT). Relevant information is available from their respective websites www.nhmrc.gov.au or
           www.asbt.org.au.

*3209 ROAD OVER RAZORBACK—Ms Seaton to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      Regarding the road over Razorback between Finns Road and the south side of Razorback near Picton:
      (1) How many motor vehicle accidents have occurred in the period since 1 January 1995?
      (2) How many fatalities since 1 January 1995, and where did the accidents occur?
      (3) What road improvements are planned for the road and where are these works to take place?
      (4) What is the budget and timetable for such works?
      (5) What were the traffic loads on the road in 1995, 2000 and 2003?
      (6) What are the projected traffic levels in 2005 and 2010?

      Answer—

      (1) Between 1 January 1995 and 31 March 2004, there were a total of 226 reported accidents.
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      (2) Two fatalities occurred dutring this time. The fatal accidents occurred 100 metres south of Old
          Razorback Road, Picton (1996) and 2km south of Finns Road, Razorback Range (2002).
      (3) The road in question, the Old Hume Highway, also know as Remembrance Driveway, is a Regional
          Road which is the responsibility of Wollondilly Shire Council.
          The NSW Government provides funds for maintenance and improvement works on Regional Roads
          annually. In 2004/05, Wollondilly Shire Council has received a total of $996,000 for such works,
          with an additional $191,000 available under the REPAIR program on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
          It is a matter for Council to determine on which Regional Roads under its control the funds are to be
          spent.
      (4) See answer 3 above.
      (5) The Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) volumes were:
            Location                                  1994                  2000                2003
            Cawdor, north of Finns Road               7,548                 8,912               11,084
            Picton, 0.5km north of Regreme Road       6,409                 7,704               8,564
      (6) Based on current growth patterns, the AADT are projected at:
            Location                                  2005                          2010
            Cawdor, north of Finns Road               11,500                        13,500
            Picton, 0.5km north of Regreme Road       9,000                         10,500

*3210 PICTON ROAD—Ms Seaton to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      Regarding Picton Road connecting the M5 at Wilton with the F6:
      (1) How many motor vehicle accidents have occurred in the period since 1 January 1995?
      (2) How many fatalities since 1 January 1995, and where did these accidents occur?
      (3) What road improvements are planned for the road, and where are these works to take place?
      (4) What is the budget and timetable for such works?
      (5) What were the traffic levels on the road in 1995, 2000 and 2003?
      (6) What are the projected traffic levels in 2005 and 2010?

      Answer—

      For Picton Road, between the Hume Highway at Wilton and the junction with Mt Ousley Road.
      (1) Between 1 January 1995 and 31 March 2004, there were a total of 205 reported accidents.
      (2) Eleven fatalities have occurred, including a fatal accident on 10 November 2004. The accident sites
           were:
            Year                Location
            1995                2km west of Cordeaux Dam Road
            1995                At Almond Street, Wilton
            1996                At Macarthur Drive
            1997                2km east of Almond Street, Wilton
            1997                At Macarthur
            2000                2.5km east of Almond Street, Wilton
            2002                0.5km west of Almond Street, Wilton
            2004                1.7km west of Mt Keira Road, Mount Keira
            2004                At Condell Park Road, Wilton
            2004                1km west of Mt Ousley Road, Mount Ousley
                                5.2km west of Mt Keira Road, Mount Keira (340 metres east of Belpac 1
            2004
                                Colliery entrance)
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       (3) The following works have been completed or are proposed in 2004/05:
           (a) Pavement rehabilitation at selected locations west of Mt Ousley Road.
           (b) Reconstruction 0.5km east of Cordeaux Dam Road.
           (c) Construction of an eastbound rest area, 5 km east of Wilton.
           (d) Repairs to Allens Creek drainage structure on Wilton Bypass.
           (e) Pavement resurfacing at selected locations between Mt Keira Road and Cordeaux Dam Road.
           (f) Routine maintenance works.
       (4) The projected costs for these works are:
           (a) $500,000.
           (b) $1M.
           (c) $7000,000.
           (d) $600,000.
           (e) $150,000.
           (f) $310,000.
       (5) The Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) volumes were:
            Location                            1994              2000                      2003
            Wilton, east of Hume Highway 9,873                    10,674                    12,068
            Wilton, south of Appin Road         8,782             11,493                    11,172
            East of Cordeaux Road               8,813             11,296                    11,11,699
            West of Mt Keira Road               11,024            12,430                    12,145
           *Figures for 1995 are not available.
       (6) Based on current growth patterns, the AADT are projected at:
             Location                           2005                          2010
             Wilton, east of Hume Highway       13,000                        15,500
             Wilton, south of Appin Road        11,500                        13,000
             East of Cordeaux Road              12,000                        12,500
             West of Mt Keira Road              12,500                        13,000

*3211 CENTRAL COAST COMMUTERS—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       (1) When will you advise the Daily Telegraph (Central Coast Supplement) of the date you will meet
           commuters on the Central Coast?
       (2) What date this year will you so meet commuters?

       Answer—

       I refer the Member to my answer given in the Legislative Council in response to a question without
       notice on 7 December 2004.

*3212 AMBULANCE SERVICES—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Health—

       (1) How many ambulance staff are there in:
           (a) Sydney
           (b) Newcastle
           (c) Central Coast?
       (2) How many ambulance transport vehicles are based in:
           (a) Sydney
           (b) Newcastle
           (c) Central Coast?
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     Answer—

     (1) (a) to (c) I am advised that the NSW Ambulance Service monitors workloads and resources across
               the State to ensure appropriate coverage for the communities it serves.
               As at 16 November 2004, in Sydney there are 1,218.1 FTE staff, in Newcastle there are 257.2
               FTE staff, and on the Central Coast there are 149.21 FTE staff. Ambulance staff numbers
               provided are on-road ambulance officers and patient transport officers, and sector and
               divisional operational managers.
     (2) (a) to (c) The Ambulance Service operates 880 ambulance vehicles and 250 support vehicles across
               NSW. This is the largest ambulance fleet in Australia, and one of the largest in the world.
               In Sydney, there are 215 Ambulance and 42 Patient Transport vehicles; in Newcastle, there
               are 95 Ambulance and 8 Patient Transport vehicles; on the Central Coast, there are 32
               Ambulance and 6 Patient Transport vehicles.

*3213 CENTRAL COAST VISITS—Mr Hartcher to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for
      Citizenship—

     What visits did he make to the Central Coast in 2003 and to 30 June 2004?

     Answer—

     The diversion of public resources required to answer this question cannot be justified in the public
     interest.

*3214 ASBESTOS IN CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS—Mr Hartcher to Deputy Premier, Minister for
      Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) Has a study been done of Government schools on the Central Coast to assess any potential asbestos
         concerns?
     (2) What remediation proposals does the department have?

     Answer—

     (1) Yes.
     (2) Asbestos material identified in school grounds or buildings that presented a health risk has already
         been dealt with in accordance with EPA and WorkCover requirements.
         Additional grounds remediation will occur over the 2004/05 summer vacation period at The
         Entrance Public School and Ettalong Public School.

                                             12 NOVEMBER 2004

                                                 (Paper No. 107)

*3215 E-TOLL OPTIONS ON HARBOUR BRIDGE AND TUNNEL—Mr Pringle to Minister for Roads, and
      Minister for Housing—

     Noting the varying levels of demand for change, automatic and E-Toll toll booths on the Harbour Bridge
     and Tunnel, when will the Minister ensure that the option for E-Tag customers to use all booths is
     available as is the case on the M2 tollway?

     Answer—

     The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel Toll Plazas contain 12 booths that accept
     vehicles with electronic toll tags.
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*3216 NOXIOUS WEEDS ACT—Mr Pringle to Minister for Mineral Resources, representing the Minister for
      Primary Industries—

      With respect to your advice on the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and its application to watercourses, when is
      amending legislation expected to be introduced to Parliament?

      Answer—

      The Noxious Weeds Amendment Bill 2004 was introduced into Parliament on 10 November 2004.

*3217 CITYRAIL PATRONAGE 2004—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      What are the monthly patronage figures for the Richmond Line from January to October 2004?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      The total number of all tickets issued from Richmond, East Richmond, Clarendon, Windsor, Mulgrave,
      Riverstone, Schofields, Quakers Hill, and Marayong rail stations from January to October 2004 (which is
      different to the total number of all journeys to and from these stations) is:
                  Jan-04   Feb-04   Mar-04   Apr-04    May-04   Jun-04    Jul-04   Aug-04   Sep-04    Oct-04

       TOTAL     67,673    57,941   74,562    79,960   72,375   71,944    71,889   73,356   71,209    69,476

      In addition the most recent passenger count taken at Vineyard rail station indicates that on average 120
      passengers use this station each week day.

*3218 FIXED PIPES—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
      Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
      Arts—

      How many kilometres of leaking water pipes have been fixed to stem water wastage?

      Answer—

      Sydney Water has advised that of the total network of 21,000 kilometres, more than 18,300 kilometres of
      water mains have been inspected for leakage through the Active Leakage Reduction Program. The
      Corporation will have inspected its entire water reticulation system by the end of June 2005.
      In addition to this, Sydney Water is replacing 66 kilometres of water main during this financial year as
      part of its Water Main Renewal Program. In 2004/05, Sydney Water’s total investment in leak detection
      and water main repair and replacement is $82.2 million. This investment consists of:
             $48 million on water main renewals;
             $2.5 million on underground leak detection;
             $23 million on fixing visible breaks and leaks; and
             $8.7 million on repairs to aboveground pipelines.
      Sydney Water will spend at least $330 million over four years on leak detection and repair, and renewal
      and repair of water mains.

*3219 HORNSBY POLICE AND COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Police—

      When a civilian manager is employed for the Hornsby Police and Community Youth Club, will the two
      sworn police officers remain working on programs at this facility?
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      Answer—

      I refer the Honourable Member to my previous answer to her Question on Notice No. 2587 on this
      subject.

*3220 BEROWRA STATION—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      What is the exact date that construction work for the new platform at Berowra Railway Station will
      commence?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      I refer the Member to the previous answer on the Legislative Council question on notice number 1177.

*3221 CT SERVICES—SHOALHAVEN HOSPITAL—Mr O'Farrell to Minister for Health—

      Regarding the provision of CT services to Shoalhaven Hospital:
      (1) What is the current rate paid to the Whistler Group for the provision of CT services at Shoalhaven
          Hospital?
      (2) Was this the lowest price offered?
      (3) Was the contract put out to tender?
      (4) Is your Department aware that Shoalhaven Medical Imaging (SMI) is also willing to provide CT
          services to Shoalhaven Hospital?
      (5) Did Shoalhaven Hospital commit to run a tender process for its CT services 40 weeks ago?
      (6) When will a full and fair tender process be run for the provision of CT services to Shoalhaven
          Hospital?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) The current rate paid to the Whistler Group for CT Services is confidential as it relates to a
            commercial agreement. It would also be inappropriate to release this information as the tender
            process has commenced and this information could influence the pricing of the tenders.
      (5) and (6) Advertisement for expressions of interest in providing single hospital based Medical Imaging
            Service, with the exception of MRI and echo cardiography, occurred during the week beginning 29
            November 2004. Evaluation of responses to the EOI will be undertaken by a Clinical Reference
            Group which will report to a Steering Committee. Both committees will contain independent (NSW
            Health) representatives and a Probity Adviser will be appointed to the Steering Committee. These
            mechanisms will ensure that the EOI evaluation process is fair and reasonable.

*3222 PROVISION OF DIAGNOSTIC DATA—Mr O'Farrell to Minister for Health—

      With respect to release of data to hospitals:
      (1) Are private health funds provided with:
           (a) information on the Diagnostic Related Group (DRG); and/or
           (b) the ICD codes associated with claims for admissions?
      (2) If not, why not?
      (3) If so, why did NSW Health officials state at a meeting with private health funds on 20 October
           2004 that the NSW public hospital system is unable to link its revenue and clinical systems to
           provide standard diagnostic codes on private insurance reimbursement claim forms, as is the case in
           other states?
      (4) What action, if any, is NSW Health taking to address this?
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     Answer—

     (1) to (4) I am advised that Private Patient Claim Forms (HC21) are provided to private health funds for
           private patients in public hospitals. These forms contain diagnostic information as required by
           private health funds to reimburse hospitals for private patients.
           I am advised that NSW Health officials have not stated to private health funds that the NSW public
           hospital system is unable to link its revenue and clinical systems to provide standard diagnostic
           codes.
           NSW Health is not obligated to provide data outside that which is currently provided through the
           agreed HC21 form. However, NSW Health has met with representatives of the Australian Health
           Insurance Association Ltd in order to find a mutually agreeable arrangement that would allow funds
           to access additional diagnostic information. NSW Health is currently awaiting correspondence from
           the Australian Health Insurance Association Ltd to progress the matter.

*3223 DONATED VEHICLES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     (1)   How many vehicles were donated to NSW Police during 2001/02, 2002/03 and 2003/04?
     (2)   Which makes of vehicles were donated in each year and to which LACS were they allocated?
     (3)   Which companies or organisations donated the vehicles in each year?
     (4)   What is the policy governing the donation of vehicles to NSW Police and what background checks
           are undertaken on donors?

     Answer—

     NSW Police have advised me:
     (1) to (3) Details of sponsorships and donations are listed in the NSW Police Annual Reports.
     (4) The Sponsorship and Endorsement Policy November 2001.

*3224 POLICE TASK FORCES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     (1) How many NSW Police Task Forces were in operation as at 1 November 2002, 1 November 2003
         and 1 November 2004 and what were their names?
     (2) Of the above Task Forces in operation as at 1 November 2004, how many have administrative
         support exclusively dedicated to their respective Task Force? Which ones and how many
         administrative staff?
     (3) Of the above Task Forces in operation as at 1 November 2004, how many have NSW Police
         exclusively dedicated to their respective Task Force? Which ones and how many administrative
         staff?
     (4) How many Task Forces can police be attached to at any one time?

     Answer—

     I refer the Honourable Member to my previous response to his Question on Notice No. 2687.

*3225 POLICE TELEPHONE NUMBERS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     In relation to the proliferation of police numbers:
     What is Government strategy for the promotion and public use of police telephone numbers, given the
     proliferation of available numbers such as 000, Police Assistance Line 131 444, Crime Stoppers 1800
     333 000, NSW Police 9281 0000, and local police station numbers?
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     Answer—

     NSW Police have advised me:
     The primary Police emergency telephone number is 000. This number is widely known and promoted on
     an ongoing basis.
     Numbers such as those for the Police Assistance Line and Crime Stoppers are promoted in relevant
     media to encourage the appropriate direction of non-urgent calls requiring Police attention.
     All NSW Police telephone numbers including Police switchboard and local Police Station numbers are
     listed in telephone directories and through Directory Assistance to enable members of the public to
     contact specific Police as required.

                                              16 NOVEMBER 2004

                                                 (Paper No. 108)

*3226 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DIRECTIONS—Mr Hazzard to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and
      Minister for Citizenship—

     What topics under Freedom of Information provisions have elicited directions from you, your office or
     your Department, with respect to how, or if, answers should be provided?

     Answer—

     Each Agency is responsible for making Determinations on any Freedom of Information applications they
     receive in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1989.

*3227 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPLICATIONS—Mr Hazzard to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and
      Minister for Citizenship—

     (1) What number of Freedom of Information applications made by the Member for Wakehurst between
         1999 and 1 November 2004 have been advised to the Premier’s office, the Cabinet Office or the
         Premier’s Department?
     (2) How many responses and/or directions have been issued by your office, the Cabinet Office and/or
         the Premier’s Department, regarding answers to be given to the Member for Wakehurst under FOI?

     Answer—

     FOI applications may be advised by agencies to the Premier’s Office from time to time in accordance
     with procedures established and implemented by the former Greiner Government.

*3228 OFF THE PLAN PROBLEMS—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for Commerce—

     (1) Has the Office of Fair Trading undertaken investigations into any developers in Wakehurst who
         have allegedly misled purchasers as to size, plan or fittings or any other matters related to strata
         units acquired “off the plan”?
     (2) If so, what are the developers’ names, developments involved and action taken by your
         Department?

     Answer—

     (1) and (2) The Office of Fair Trading does not collect information on complaints using the same criteria
           identified in the question. I am advised that based on the limited information provided in the
           question, and following a check of the complaint databases maintained by Fair Trading, no record
           of complaints were identified in relation to these issues.
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*3229 BLUE MOUNTAINS SUPPLY AUGMENTATION CONSORTIUM—Mr Pringle to Minister for
      Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for
      Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      When will the Government make a decision as to the acceptance or otherwise of the innovative proposal
      to recycle black and grey water from the towns of Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Blackheath and
      contaminated mine water for use in the Mount Piper and Wallerawang Power Stations?

      Answer—

      This question should be directed to the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural
      Resources.

*3230 MONA VALE HOSPITAL—Mr Pringle to Minister for Health—

      (1) What are the Minister’s current intentions for Mona Vale Hospital?
      (2) If the hospital is to be retained, when will upgrading commence?

      Answer—

      (1) The Government continues to support the retention of Mona Vale Hospital.
      (2) Upgrading of Mona Vale Hospital is ongoing. The following work has been completed recently:
           New cardiac monitoring in the hospital’s emergency department ($170,000).
           Upgrade of air-conditioning systems for the operating theatres ($500,000).
           Capital works to bring drug and alcohol services to the hospital ($80,000).
           Refurbishment of the maternity unit ($50,000).
           Upgrade of fire early warning systems ($100,000).
         In addition, the following work is planned or in progress:
           A $400,000 extension to the emergency department.
           A $1,700,000 Joint Commonwealth and State funded Aged Transitional Care Strategy over
               the next 2 years.

*3231 WINDSOR PRE-SCHOOL FUNDING—Mr Pringle to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      Can the Minister advise what additional funding is available to assist Windsor Pre-School to provide
      quality learning and a quality learning environment?

      Answer—

      Windsor Preschool is not within the jurisdiction of the Department of Education and Training. As a
      community based preschool it is funded and licensed by the Department of Community Services.

*3232 ENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL—Mr Kerr to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      What proposals are there for the provision of additional facilities for Endeavour Sports High School?

      Answer—

      A multi-million major capital works project for Endeavour Sports High School was approved in the
      2004/05 State Budget. The upgrade project will include the provision of a new gymnasium facility.
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*3233 ILLAWARRA LINE—Mr Kerr to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      What are the monthly patronage figures for the Illawarra line from:
          (a) January to October 2004
          (b) January to October 2000?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      The total number of all tickets issued from stations on the Illawarra Line from Tempe to Cronulla and
      Waterfall for January to October 2000 and January to October, which is different to the total number of
      all journeys to and from these stations, is:
      2000 Figures
                   Jan-00      Feb-00     Mar-00      Apr-00     May-00      Jun-00      Jul-00    *Aug-00 *Sep-00 *Oct-00
       TOTAL 767,058          735,721     777,109    754,683     774,396    742,485     784,218     781,713    869,911      800,393

      2004 Figures
                   Jan-04      Feb-04     Mar-04      Apr-04     May-04      Jun-04      Jul-04     Aug-04         Sep-04   Oct-04
       TOTAL 727,128          670,832     762,835    782,751     764,118    745,570     748,594     762,752    764,113      736,427
      *It should be noted the increase in ticket sales from August 2000 coincided with the Sydney Olympic Games.

*3234 KYEEMAGH TRAFFIC—Mr Kerr to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling along General Holmes Drive, Kyeemagh,
      during each of the following months:
           (a) September 2002
           (b) September 2003
           (c) September 2004?

      Answer—

            (a) 67,559.
            (b) 67,495.
            (c) 68,567.

*3235 M5 TRAFFIC—Mr Merton to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling through the M5 tollgates during each of the
      following months:
           (a) September 2002
           (b) September 2003
           (c) September 2004?

      Answer—

            (a)  88,830 through the toll plaza and ramps.
            (b) 98,818 through the toll plaza and ramps.
            (c) 104,783 through the toll plaza and ramps.
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*3236 CAMPERDOWN TRAFFIC—Mr Merton to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling along Parramatta Road, Camperdown,
      during each of the following months:
           (a) September 2002
           (b) September 2003
           (c) September 2004?

      Answer—

           (a) 70,063.
           (b) 64,886.
           (c) 65,192.

*3237 M4 TRAFFIC—Mr Merton to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling through the M4 tollgates during each of the
      following months:
           (a) September 2002
           (b) September 2003
           (c) September 2004?

      Answer—

           (a)  91,738.
           (b) 98,647.
           (c) 103,655.

*3238 GLADESVILLE TRAFFIC—Mr Roberts to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling over Gladesville Bridge during each of the
      following months:
           (a) September 2002
           (b) September 2003
           (c) September 2004?

      Answer—

           (a) 90,786.
           (b) 93,706.
           (c) 89,023.

*3239 CROSS-HARBOUR TRAFFIC—Mr Roberts to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling across the Harbour Bridge or through the
      Harbour Tunnel during each of the following months:
          (a) September 2002
          (b) September 2003
          (c) September 2004?
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      Answer—

      The Cross-Harbour Traffic—Sydney Harbour Bridge (SHB) and Sydney Harbour Tunnel (SHT):
          (a) 158,707 (SHB) + 88,637 (SHT) = 247,344.
          (b) 160,887 (SHB) + 90,796 (SHT) = 251,683.
          (c) 163,230 (SHB) + 89,793 (SHT) = 253,023.

*3240 BORONIA PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL—Mr Roberts to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      When will funding be provided to upgrade the electricity supply for Boronia Park Public School to
      facilitate the provision of air-conditioning that has been funded by the school’s own fundraising?

      Answer—

      As Boronia Park Public School does not currently meet the criteria for inclusion in the Department of
      Education and Training’s Air Cooling Program, the Department is unable to consider funding an upgrade
      of the electrical system to accommodate the installation of air conditioning at this stage.

*3241 CHATSWOOD TRAFFIC—Ms Berejiklian to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling along the Pacific Highway, Chatswood,
      during each of the following months:
           (a) September 2002
           (b) September 2003
           (c) September 2004?

      Answer—

           (a) 69,365.
           (b) 68,319.
           (c) 68,320.

*3242 ELECTRICITY OUTAGES—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
      Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) How many electricity outages were there on the Central Coast in:
          (a) 2002
          (b) 2003
          (c) to 30 June 2004?
      (2) In what areas of the Central Coast and how many outages occurred in each area?

      Answer—

      EnergyAustralia has advised:
      (1) and (2) The detailed information requested is not readily available and its extraction would represent
            an unreasonable diversion of resources. Following is a summary of EnergyAustralia’s performance
            reliability for Central Coast region.
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           Central Coast                                   2001/2002 *              2002/2003 **                2003/2004 **
           SAIDI                                               270                     238.43
           (average number of minutes lost
           per customer pa)                                                                               Completed figures
                                                                                                          will be available this
           SAIFI                                                2.84                      3.23            calendar year
           (average number of interruptions
           per customer pa)
          * Modified standard data: excludes transmission and generation interruptions, directed load shedding, interruptions less than
          1 minute, interruptions due to major natural events, and planned interruptions for which the customer has been notified.
          ** Normalised data: excludes momentary interruptions, transmission interruptions, directed load shedding and the effects of
          major natural and 3rd party events (e.g. a storm or bushfire) which are classified when at least 4.5 million customer minutes
          are lost, ie. 3 minutes of lost supply per customer averaged across all EnergyAustralia network customers.
          In 2002/03, the reporting standards changed, with all distributors reporting reliability using
          normalised data, which is the industry standard for reporting reliability.

*3243 HOSPITAL SERVICES—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Health—

     (1) How many nurses are employed at:
         (a) Gosford Hospital
         (b) Wyong Hospital?
     (2) How many nurses are employed at Royal North Shore Hospital?
     (3) How many (i) medical beds (ii) surgical beds are there in use at Royal North Shore Hospital?
     (4) How many (i) medical beds (ii) surgical beds are there in use at:
         (a) Gosford Hospital
         (b) Wyong Hospital?

     Answer—

     (1) and (2) Northern Sydney and Central Coast Area Health Service continue to recruit nursing staff to
          support the provision of health services in the Area. I am advised that as at November 2004 there
          were 1,387 nurses employed at Gosford Hospital, there are 399 nurses employed at Wyong
          Hospital and 1,882 nurses employed at Royal North Shore.
     (3) The recent provision of sustainable access beds has increased the bed base at Royal North Shore
          Hospital to assist with patient flow through the Hospital. I am advised that as at November 2004
          there are 165 medical beds and 179 surgical beds at Royal North Shore Hospital.
     (4) As reported in the Central Coast Health Service 2003-04 Annual Report, at 30 June 2004, there
          were 484 beds at Gosford Hospital including 123 medical and 158 surgical beds. Wyong Hospital
          had 206 beds including 60 medical beds and 46 surgical beds.
          I am also advised that new medical and surgical beds will be opened in 2005 as part of the Central
          Coast Health Access Plan.

*3244 HOSPITAL SERVICES—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Health—

     (1) How many (i) staff surgeons (ii) visiting surgeons are there at:
         (a) Royal North Shore Hospital
         (b) Gosford Hospital
         (c) Wyong Hospital?
     (2) How many patient support persons are engaged at:
         (a) Royal North Shore Hospital
         (b) Gosford Hospital
         (c) Wyong Hospital?
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      Answer—

      (1) (a)   I am advised that as at 27 November 2004 there were 11 staff surgeons and 56 Visiting
                Medical Officers employed at Royal North Shore Hospital.
          (b) and (c) Gosford and Wyong Hospitals employ Visiting Medical Officers only. I am advised that
                as at 27 November 2004 there were 23 Visiting Medical Officers employed at Gosford
                Hospital and 7 at Wyong.
      (2) (a) to (c) The key responsibilities of Patient Support Officers include activities such as patient
                lifting, patient transport, general cleaning of wards and other patient related support activities.
                I am advised that as at 27 November 2004 there were 152 Full Time Equivalent Patient
                Support Officers at Royal North Shore Hospital, 103.4 at Gosford Hospital and 34.2 at Wyong
                Hospital.

*3245 GARNISHEE ORDERS—Mr Aplin to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the
      Executive Council—

      (1) Is the State Debt Recovery Office authorised to obtain information from employers relating to
          persons who are past employees?
      (2) Does the provision of such information breach legally binding privacy provisions?
      (3) Under what exemption is the State Debt Recovery Office able to request personal details from past
          employers?

      Answer—

      I have been advised that the State Debt Recovery Office is required to comply with all relevant and
      applicable NSW legislation, including the Fines Act 1996 and the Privacy and Personal Information Act
      1998.
      If the Honourable Member requires legal advice, he would be well advised to contact a solicitor.

*3246 POLICE HOTLINES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

      (1)   As at 12 November, how many hotlines does NSW Police have in operation?
      (2)   How many phone calls has the Thunderbolt hotline received since 1 July 2004?
      (3)   How many phone calls has the Unicorn hotline received since 1 July 2004?
      (4)   How many phone calls has the Falcon hotline received since 1 July 2004?

      Answer—

      (1)   6.
      (2)   486, as at 22 November 2004.
      (3)   8, as at 22 November 2004.
      (4)   14, from its inception on 1 October 2004 to 22 November 2004.

*3247 LANGUAGE SKILLS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

      (1) As at 16 November, how many NSW Police officers are recorded as being fluent in a language
          other than English?
      (2) At which Local Area Commands and which Crime Agencies are these officers and which non-
          English languages are spoken at each?
      (3) How many positions in NSW Police require a language other than English and what are they?
      (4) Which Local Area Commands or Crime Agencies are currently experiencing shortages of bilingual
          and multilingual officers, for which languages and what is being done to address these shortages?
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       (5) What language training is provided or funded by NSW Police, for which languages and at which
           locations?
       (6) What was the cost of providing or funding language training in each of 2001-02, 2002-03 and to
           date 2004, and in each year how many officers received training?
       (7) What extra pay and allowances do bilingual or multilingual officers receive for their language
           skills?

       Answer—

       NSW Police has advised me:
       (1) and (2) There are currently 773 NSW Police employees who describe themselves in EEO data as
            speaking a second language, of whom 567 are sworn officers. This data is voluntary and does not
            measure proficiency.
            There are currently 114 NSW Police employees with skills in 25 languages who have passed the
            Community Language Allowance Scheme (CLAS) examination administered by the Community
            Relations Commission. These officers' language skills are available to the whole of NSW Police as
            required.
       (3) There are currently 33 unsworn Ethnic Community Liaison Officers (ECLOs), based at Local Area
            Commands, required to have a community language skill.
       (4) Officers qualified under CLAS and accredited interpreters are used for official work as required.
       (5) NSW Police does not fund any language training, but meets the cost of language skill examinations.
       (6) N/A.
       (7) Employees who have passed the CLAS examination receive a CLAS allowance in addition to their
            salary.

*3248 EASTERN SURBURBS BUS SERVICES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       (1) Since the "Better Buses" changes, what review of eastern suburbs services has been conducted by
           the Government and will you release the results?
       (2) (a) Has there been community concern about late, cancelled and overcrowded bus services?
           (b) If so, what numbers of complaints have been received about which services since 1st July
                2003?

       Answer—

       I am advised:
       (1) The entire bus system has been reassessed through the Unsworth Review. The report is available at
            the Ministry’s web site.
       (2) (a) and (b) Since July 1 2003 over a million trips have been taken on STA Buses. Of these, 0.002%
                 resulted in complaints of the type described.

*3249 MANNING BASE HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Health—

       (1) How many employees of the Manning Base Hospital have received a letter or notification from the
           Department of Health or related body requiring them to undergo a comprehensive review
           concerning any work-related injuries that may have been received?
       (2) How many of such people have been able to continue to work in their positions with the
           Department of Health whilst undergoing such comprehensive review?
       (3) If people have not been able to work whilst the comprehensive review is being undertaken, why are
           they not allowed to continue to work?
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      Answer—

      I refer the Honourable Member to my response to Question No. 3011.

*3250 SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AWARD FUNDING—Mr J.H. Turner to Deputy Premier,
      Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for
      Community Services, and Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
      Youth—

      With reference to the Minister’s advice that in 2001 the NSW Government agreed to provide
      supplementary funding to non-government organizations that employed staff under the Social and
      Community Services (SACS) Award:
      (1) Was there any minimum number of staff that had to be employed under the SACS Award before
           organisations were granted supplementary funding?
      (2) If so, what was the minimum number of employees?
      (3) If there was no minimum number of employees, how was the funding proportioned depending on
           the number of employees under the SACS Award?
      (4) If there was no proportioning of funds to reflect the number of SACS workers, why wasn’t there a
           proportioning of funds?
      (5) Is there a non-government organisation in the Bellingen area receiving the additional funding
           whose SACS Award worker works for approximately 1 hour per week?
      (6) If so, does that organisation have the supplementary funding proportioned to reflect the hours of
           work?
      (7) What provision does the Minister intend to make to non-government organisations providing early
           intervention services who employ people under awards other than the SACS Award where such
           awards have had increases since 2001?
      (8) If provision is to be made, when will it be made?
      (9) If there is no provision to be made, why will it not be made?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) In 2001, the NSW Government committed to paying supplementation to organisations to assist
            them in meeting the additional costs arising from the new Social and Community Services (SACS)
            Award. The supplementation was targeted at securing the future of services.
            The assistance was provided consistently across all NSW Government agencies providing funding
            to organisations employing staff under the award. The assistance package was clearly set out by the
            NSW Treasury, negotiated with non-government sector representative groups and the Australian
            Services Union.
            The funding was proportioned according to funding levels and service types depending on the type
            of service (eg 24 hour – 7 days a week, whether the services were operating on 38 or 40 hour
            weeks, whether the staff were required to sleep over or were on call out arrangements).
            These arrangements included small organisations employing part-time staff.
      (5) and (6) On the information provided, the Department of Community Services and the Department of
            Disability Ageing and Home Care are not able to identify a service to which this question may
            refer.
      (7) and (8) The NSW Government provides annual indexation to assist agencies to meet costs escalation
            in their services. Indexation supports agencies to meet wage increases and other cost increases such
            as insurances.
            The NSW Government provided additional funds as part of a whole-of-Government response to the
            introduction of the Social and Community Services Award. The Government recognised that the
            scale of the Award increase was greater than non-government agencies could reasonably have
            planned for in their service management responsibilities and that it would not reasonably have been
            covered by annual indexation alone.
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      (9) The Departments will continue to work with services that do not employ staff under the SACS
          Award and will discuss current and future service provision within the current funding
          arrangements.

*3251 GEODYNAMICS LTD—Mr Richardson to Minister for Mineral Resources—

      (1) When do Geodynamics Ltd’s geothermal exploration licences in the Hunter Valley expire?
      (2) What requirements has the Government placed on Geodynamics Ltd to explore and develop its
          tenements in the Hunter Valley?
      (3) How many holes has Geodynamics Ltd drilled in the HDR geothermal tenement at Muswellbrook it
          acquired from Pacific Power in April 2002?
      (4) How many holes has Geodynamics drilled in its HDR geothermal tenement at Bulga?
      (5) What support has the Government provided to Geodynamics Ltd for its HDR geothermal program?
      (6) How much money has the Government put into the exploration and development of the Hunter
          Valley HDR geothermal resource in addition to money provided by the Australian Greenhouse
          Office?
      (7) How much money has the Government committed to the exploration and development of the
          Hunter Valley HDR geothermal resource over the next 10 years?

      Answer—

      (1)   20 August 2005.
      (2)   To complete its approved exploration program within the terms of the exploration licences.
      (3)   None.
      (4)   None.
      (5)   No support has been provided to Geodynamics Ltd from my administration.
      (6)   No support has been provided to Geodynamics Ltd from my administration.
      (7)   No support has been provided to Geodynamics Ltd from my administration.

*3252 THREATENED SPECIES—Mr Richardson to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment—

      (1) How many species or ecological communities have been removed from the Threatened Species list
           since it was created because the listing was not considered to be valid?
      (2) What were the names of those species or ecological communities?
      (3) How many species or ecological communities have been removed from the Threatened Species list
           since it was created because the listed species or ecological communities are no longer considered
           to be threatened?
      (4) What were the names of those species or ecological communities?
      (5) How many threatened species or ecological communities have had their status changed from
           presumed extinct to endangered since the Threatened Species Act first came into force?
      (6) What were the names of those species or ecological communities?
      (7) How many threatened species or ecological communities have had their status changed from
           endangered to vulnerable since the Threatened Species Act first came into force?
      (8) What were the names of those species or ecological communities?
      (9) How many threatened species or ecological communities have had their status changed from
           endangered to presumed extinct since the Threatened Species Act first came into force?
      (10) What were the names of those species or ecological communities?
      (11) How many threatened species or ecological communities have had their status changed from
           vulnerable to endangered since the Threatened Species Act first came into force?
      (12) What were the names of those species or ecological communities?
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Answer—

During its seven year period in office, the former Coalition Government did not initiate any effective
plans or polices to protect the State’s threatened plants and animals. However, when the Carr
Government was elected in March 1995, it immediately enacted landmark legislation ─ the Threatened
Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act). As a result, NSW has begun to reverse the trend in
biodiversity loss that has continued, virtually unabated, for more than two centuries. This Act was
recently strengthened with the passage of the Threatened Species Legislation Amendment Act 2004.
The NSW Scientific Committee, established under the TSC Act, has determined that the following nine
species do not currently satisfy the statutory criteria for listing under the TSC Act and are, therefore, no
longer eligible to be on the list:
       Atriplex rhagodioides
       Bothriochloa biloba
       Pultenaea campbellii
       Pultenaea stuartiana
       Fin whale
       Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin
       Long-snouted Spinner Dolphin
       Sei Whale
       Mallee emu-wren
The Department of Environment and Conservation’s (DEC’s) recovery and threat abatement efforts have
been focused on those species and ecological communities that are most at risk. In many cases it has
taken many decades or more for a species or ecological community to reach the point where it is at risk.
Reversing the causes of its decline may therefore take many years. While some species have improved
their status under the Act, others have remained in their originally listed categories.
Significant progress has, however, been made in halting the decline of many species, populations and
communities through the DEC’s range of recovery and threat abatement programs, including by way of
examples:
       The North Head Little Penguin population has been stabilised following the protection of
            critical habitat and installation of nest boxes.
       The quality of significant areas of littoral rainforest on the north coast, an endangered
            ecological community, has been improved following the removal of the infestation of the pest
            species coral tree.
       Fox control programs, implemented under the Fox Threat Abatement Plan prepared under the
            TSC Act, have succeeded in halting the rate of decline of Brush-tailed rock-wallaby
            populations.
       Weed control programs have resulted in increasing the numbers of two species of Grevillea
            (Tumut Grevillea and Wee Jasper Grevillea).
       There are increasing numbers of the Corroborree Frog and Lord Howe Island Phasmid in
            captivity and DEC expects to be able to reintroduce these animals back into the wild.
       Cultivation and replanting programs have increased numbers of Allocasuarina portuensis.
       Success in eradicating pests from Cabbage Tree Island and Boondelbah Island has contributed
            to the recovery of the Gould’s Petrel.
The conservation status under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 of the following five
species has changed from presumed extinct to endangered:
       Dusky Hopping-mouse
       Drynaria rigidula
       Hypsela sessiliflora
       Lepidium peregrinum
       Rapanea sp. A Richmond River
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     The Department of Environment and Conservation’s efforts have also improved the status of the
     following five species whose conservation status improved from endangered to vulnerable:
           Boronia granitica
           Discaria nitida
           Grevillea molyneuxii
           Kunzea rupestris
           Velleia perfoliata

*3253 DEEP STORAGE WATER QUALITY—Mr Richardson to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     (1) Will water taken from the deeper parts of the Sydney Catchment Authority’s storages, as outlined
         in the Government’s water plan, be of the same quality as water currently supplied to Sydney
         Water?
     (2) If not, how will it differ?
     (3) Will this water cost more to filter and purify than water currently supplied to Sydney Water and if
         so, what will be the likely additional percentage costs?

     Answer—

     The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) has tested for many years this currently inaccessible water and
     has not found any evidence that the quality of water at the bottom of Sydney’s dams is significantly
     different in quality to that currently being supplied to Sydney. This is well within the raw water quality
     limits agreed to by the SCA and Sydney Water.
     In addition, the water in Warragamba, at particular times of the year, mixes from top to bottom naturally,
     and the water in the Avon and Nepean storages are mechanically mixed and aerated. These natural and
     mechanical processes ensure that quality of water is consistent from top to bottom of theses dams.

*3254 AMBULANCE BACKUP—Mr Maguire to Minister for Health—

     (1) Can ambulance officers in the southern part of the state communicate with the Radio Control
         Centre only by radio?
     (2) Is there a backup system if communication is unable to be made by AMB Cad?
     (3) (a) Are the mobile data terminals working in country areas, particularly the south of the state?
         (b) If not, why and what is being done to rectify the problem?
     (4) How many staff are available for duty on any given day?
     (5) How many staff are usually on duty during each shift in any given week?
     (6) Compared with 1995, how many staff are available for duty?

     Answer—

     (1) and (2) The primary voice contact between the Southern Operations Centre and Ambulance Officers
           in their vehicles is by radio. Secondary contact can also be made by mobile phone and, in some
           cases, by satellite phone.
           If there is a failure in the Computer Aided Dispatch system, this will only affect the ability to send
           and receive data from the mobile data terminals in the field. Voice communication by radio or other
           means would not be affected.
     (3) (a) Mobile data terminals are deployed in the Northern, Western, New England, Hunter and
                 Southern/Illawarra areas of the State. The only areas in the south of the State that do not have
                 mobile data terminals are the Riverina and Murray regions.
           (b) The existing radio network in the Riverina and Murray regions is not suitable for the carriage
                of data. The Ambulance Service, in partnership with the Office of Information and
                Communication Technology, is currently piloting an alternate data solution that has the
                potential to be deployed statewide.
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      (4) and (5) As at November 2004, on average there are 203 staff on duty on any given day in the
           Ambulance Service’s Southern Division. All staff are deployed except those on planned or
           unplanned leave or at training.
      (6) The on-road staffing establishment for the Southern Division in 1995 was 361 officers. As at
           November 2004, the on-road staffing establishment is 425 officers.

*3255 LUNA PARK DEVELOPMENT—Mrs Skinner to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources—

      Regarding incremental developments at Luna Park:
      (1) Is there a current master plan for the entire Luna Park site?
          (a) If so, why are incremental development applications for additions to the site necessary?
          (b) If not, will the Government require Luna Park to publish a comprehensive and final master
                plan, as is normal planning practice?
      (2) Why are you, acting as consent authority for the site, allowing Luna Park and the cliff-top to be
          reconfigured into new subdivisions – most recently four subdivisions – without consulting
          anybody?
      (3) (a) If the cinema complex proposal proceeds will it be subjected to a subdivision?
          (b) Will you approve an extension of the current 40-year lease to 99 years if the developer
                requests this as it has done with the car park?
      (4) With respect to developers’ statements that new development applications are necessary to ensure
          commercial viability of Luna Park:
          (a) What steps has the Government taken to test these claims?
          (b) What are the specific financial requirements for the long-term viability of Luna Park and does
                this entail the maintenance of heritage items or is it to subsidise the running costs of the
                amusement park?
          (c) Where are the published details of financial dealings between Metro Edgeley, Sydney Harbour
                Foreshore Authority and the Luna Park Trust?
          (d) How much money has Metro Edgeley paid to the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and/or
                the Luna Park Trust for maintenance of the Park’s heritage items?
      (5) In relation to the “expert panel” appointed to advise on planning controls for two lots on the cliff-
          top, why were the dissenting views of two of the four “experts” omitted from the final report?
          (a) What were the views of the dissenting “experts”?
          (b) When will you announce your ruling on the recommendations?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      (1) Yes. A Master Plan (DA 154-06-01) was approved on 31 January 2002.
           (a) This Master Plan approved the broad development parameters to guide the future development
                 of Luna Park, including building envelopes, hours of operation, land uses and pedestrian and
                 vehicle entry/exit points. However, any new development on the site requires a Development
                 Application.
           (b) Not applicable.
      (2) Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, under delegated authority, assessed and approved the
           development application in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Planning and
           Assessment Act, 1979 (as amended). The application was referred to North Sydney Council in
           accordance with the provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy No.56. The subdivision is a
           straightforward reflection of the requirements of the four different leases applicable to the Luna
           Park site. It is an administrative matter that does not change the allowable land uses in any way.
      (3) (a) No request for subdivision has been received.
           (b) No such request has been received.
      (4) Amendments in 1997 to the Luna Park Site Act, together with the Luna Park Plan of Management
           of 1998, made provision for commercial development on the cliff top. This intention was publicly
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         announced at the time. Information about financial arrangements, operations, development and
         heritage at Luna Park is published each year in the Luna Park Reserve Trust Annual Report.
     (5) (a) The expert Panel comprised Mr Barrie Shelton (Co-ordinator, Urban Design Graduate
               Program, University of Sydney), Mr Philip Thalis (Architect), Clr Genia McCaffery (Mayor,
               North Sydney Council) and Ms Petula Samios (Department of Infrastructure, Planning and
               Natural Resources – Chair of Panel).
               The Panel’s report was exhibited from 22 September to 26 October 2004. It recommends
               various controls including maximum building heights to be 15 metres (approximately 4-5
               storeys) for Site 1 adjacent to 2 Glen Street and 8.5 metres (approximately 2-3 storeys) for Site
               2 facing Northcliff Street.
               The Panel developed these controls with advice from the Urban Design Advisory Service and
               after considering a range of different development options including options proposed by
               individual panel members. The Panel agreed to include in its report the option that had the
               most support and to separately advise me of minority views.
               Mr Thalis has indicated that he prefers a different configuration of development, with a 4
               metre height limit for Site 1 and a 12.5 metre height limit for Site 2.
               Clr McCaffery expressed a preference “for a building envelope of 7.5 metres on Site 2 only,
               with the rest of the site reserved for open space”. However, she advised that she would be
               prepared to “support the proposed planning controls for the cliff-top site as long as view
               sharing from adjoining residential sites is ensured and additional car parking is prohibited”.
               I will give detailed consideration to the views of Mr Thalis and Clr McCaffery in the context
               of submissions on the Panel’s report.
         (b) The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources is currently considering the
               submissions received in response to the exhibition of the Panel’s report. I will announce my
               decision on the Panel’s report after I have fully considered the Department’s recommendations
               on it.
               As I have previously announced, a draft planning instrument to give effect to the development
               controls for the site will also be publicly exhibited to allow for further community input.

                                              17 NOVEMBER 2004

                                                  (Paper No. 109)

*3256 FREEMANS REACH PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUND—Mr Pringle to Deputy Premier, Minister
      for Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What will be done to take to improve the condition of the playground at Freemans Reach Public School
     that is now dangerous and apparently an occupational health and safety issue due to the effect of the
     drought?

     Answer—

     The grass playing field has been affected by drought but continues to be watered as water restrictions
     allow. The Principal advises that no students have been hurt while using the playing areas and that there
     are no occupational health and safety issues arising from the condition of the playground.

*3257 GALSTON GORGE HEAVY VEHICLES—Mr Pringle to Minister for Roads, and Minister for
      Housing—

     Noting that heavy vehicles continue to use Galston Gorge illegally and many become stuck causing
     traffic chaos, will the Minister:
           (a) Improve signage on Galston Road
           (b) Examine alternate treatments to reduce illegal truck usage
           (c) Increase fines for illegal use?
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       Answer—

            (a) Yes.
            (b) Yes.
            (c) Yes.

*3258 WINDSOR STATION SURPLUS LAND—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       With reference to the Minister’s advice that RailCorp will continue to investigate all options to maximise
       car parking facilities on RailCorp land:
       (1) Has the Minister now finalised investigations into the requirement to retain surplus land adjacent to
            Windsor Station formerly occupied by a goods shed?
       (2) Can the land now be made available for much needed commuter parking?

       Answer—

       I am advised:
       I refer the Member to the previous answer to question number 1557.

*3259 MANLY VISITS—Mr Hazzard to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

       (1) During your Premiership on what occasions have you officially visited venues in Manly?
       (2) What was the date of each visit, to what venue, and what was the reason for the visit?

       Answer—

       The diversion of public resources required to answer this question cannot be justified in the public
       interest.

*3260 WAKEHURST VISITS—Mr Hazzard to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

       (1) During your Premiership on what occasions have you officially visited venues in Wakehurst?
       (2) What was the date of each visit, to what venue, and what was the reason for the visit?

       Answer—

       The diversion of public resources required to answer this question cannot be justified in the public
       interest.


*3261 SPONSORSHIP—Mr Constance to Minister for Mineral Resources, representing the Minister for
      Primary Industries—

       (1) Is your Department sponsoring employees to attend a golf tournament in Western Australia?
       (2) At what cost is this sponsorship?

       Answer—

       (1) No.
       (2) N/A.
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*3262 FERRY SERVICE—Mr Debnam to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      How many passengers used the Rose Bay Ferry service in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 to
      date?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      Inner harbour patronage, which includes patronage for the Rose Bay ferry service for the years specified
      is:
           2004 – 05 (July to October) 1.986 million
           2003 – 04                     6.101 million
           2002 – 03                     5.446 million
           2001 – 02                     5.959 million

*3263 BONDI JUNCTION RAIL LINE—Mr Debnam to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      Given Government plans to close the Eastern Suburbs rail line in December/January for construction of
      the Bondi Junction turn-back facility:
      (1) What arrangements have been made to ensure bus services will properly service commuters?
      (2) What management checks have been undertaken to ensure rail disruption is minimised?
      (3) When will rail services be returned to normal schedules?

      Answer—

      I am advised by RailCorp:
      The $55 million Bondi Junction Turnback project is part of the NSW Government’s $1 billion Rail
      Clearways plan to untangle the current network of 14 interconnected lines, making it less prone to
      disruption.
      The Bondi Junction Turnback and other associated Clearways projects will increase capacity on the
      Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line by 12,000 passengers each peak hour.
      Between 26 December and 9 January, and the weekend of 15-16 January, the line between Edgecliff and
      Bondi Junction will be closed to allow for important construction work.
      A frequent bus service will replace trains between Bondi Junction and Edgecliff trains during the period
      of construction to meet passenger requirements.
      The possession has been scheduled for the Christmas holiday period, as demand for weekday train
      services is lowest at this time, with normal weekday services scheduled to resume on 10 January and
      normal weekend services on 22 January 2005.

*3264 BONDI STORMWATER DRAINS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      Given ongoing pollution of Bondi Beach by rubbish from the stormwater outlet at the southern end of the
      beach, will you direct Sydney Water to call for expressions of interest to upgrade the rubbish trap in the
      stormwater system?
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      Answer—

      Sydney Water advises that it operates two gross pollutant traps on the stormwater systems located at the
      southern end of Bondi Beach which have captured more than 2,798 cubic metres of rubbish and 2,457
      tonnes of sediment since their installation in October 1991. These traps are inspected every week and
      after rain.
      However, flood protection is an essential consideration in the design of every gross pollutant trap. The
      first flush in a rain event usually contains litter from the surrounding streets that becomes trapped in the
      racks, forming a dam that prevents any further water from passing through the racks. If overtopping did
      not occur during high flows, flooding of upstream private property would occur.
      It should also be noted that numerous diffuse sources of rubbish, such as that which is wind borne,
      transported in street runoff or left behind by beach visitors, contribute to beach pollution.

*3265 HORNSBY HOSPITAL—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      For each month in 2004 from January through to date in November, how many hours has Hornsby
      Hospital been on:
           (a) Code Amber
           (b) Code Red?

      Answer—

      There are 3 levels of hospital capacity status. “Code Green” means that the hospital is managing its
      patient workload comfortably within its capacity (“normal operations”). The occasions that hospitals are
      on either “Code Amber” or “Code Red” can vary from periods of 5 minutes to multiple hours.
      “Code Orange” indicates that the hospital has almost reached the limit of its capacity, an intensive review
      of patient flow management is required and the Ambulance Service gives consideration to networking
      appropriate patients to nearby hospitals.
      “Code Red” is a term used in metropolitan Sydney under NSW Health’s Emergency Department Access
      System (EDNA) to indicate that a Hospital Emergency Department is at its busiest.
      “Code Red” status does not mean an emergency department is closed. An Emergency Department on
      “Code Red” will continue to accept patients presenting directly to the Emergency Department and
      patients being transported by ambulance. If a patient requires immediate or urgent medical attention they
      are taken to the nearest Emergency Department appropriate for their condition. However, ambulances
      transporting lower triage category patients (the less seriously ill) may be diverted to a less busy
      Emergency Department nearby.
      The EDNA system minimises waiting time for patients and allows for emergency department workload
      to be more evenly shared across the Sydney Metropolitan area with ambulances transporting less urgent
      cases being referred to the least busy hospital nearby.

*3266 TICKET SALES—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      What were the ticket sales at Hornsby Railway Station in 2003-04 and 2004 to present at:
          (a) Waitara
          (b) Hornsby
          (c) Asquith
          (d) Mount Colah
          (e) Mount Ku-ring-gai
          (f) Berowra
          (g) Cowan
          (h) Hawkesbury River
          (i) Normanhurst
          (j) Thornleigh?
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      Answer—

      I am advised:
      The total number of all tickets issued at Hornsby Rail Station for 2003/04 and 2004/05 to October 2004:
           2003/04                                  1,241,173
           2004/05 (July to October 2004)             408,840

*3267 STAMP DUTY—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the
      Executive Council—

      How much stamp duty has been collected over the financial year 2003-04 and to date from property sales
      in the following suburbs in the Hornsby electorate:
            (a) Brooklyn
            (b) Dangar Island
            (c) Cowan
            (d) Berowra, Berowra Heights, Berowra Waters
            (e) Mount Ku-ring-gai
            (f) Mount Colah
            (g) Asquith
            (h) Hornsby
            (i) Hornsby Heights
            (j) Wahroonga
            (k) Waitara
            (l) Normanhurst
            (m) Westleigh
            (n) Thornleigh?

      Answer—

      I have been advised that the Office of State Revenue (OSR) is unable to report on purchaser duty on a
      suburb by suburb basis within a single electorate. This is because the reporting system of the OSR would
      not enable the collection of data within the Hornsby electorate without overlap from suburbs in other
      electorates.

*3268 ELECTRICITY OUTAGES—Mr Merton to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
      Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      How many electricity outages were there in the Baulkham Hills Local Government Area and Parramatta
      Local Government Area in the period 1995 to 2003 inclusive?

      Answer—

      The detailed information requested is not readily available and its extraction would represent an
      unreasonable diversion of resources. Following is a summary of performance reliability for the regions
      that include the Baulkham Hills and Parramatta local government areas.
                Northern Sydney and Blacktown Regions (includes Baulkham Hills LGA)
                                           SAIDI*        SAIFI**
               Energy Australia
               01/02                       101             1.36
               02/03                        96.1           1.32
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               Integral Energy
               01/02                             84.96            0.69
               02/03                             92.48            0.62
              Parramatta Local Government Area
                                                SAIDI*           SAIFI**
               Integral Energy
               01/02                             63.53            0.69
               02/03                             52.26            0.62
              * average number of minutes lost per customer pa
              ** average number of interruptions / customer pa

*3269 M2 TRAFFIC—Mr Merton to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling through M2 tollgates at Ryde during each of
      the following months:
            (a) September 2002
            (b) September 2003
            (c) September 2004?

      Answer—

           (a) 66,661.
           (b) 71,571.
           (c) 75,340.

*3270 AIR-CONDITIONED SCHOOLS—Mr Merton to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training,
      and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      How many schools in the Baulkham Hills electorate are air-conditioned?

      Answer—

      The Department of Education and Training’s Air Cooling Program provides air cooling to schools in a
      way that addresses the hottest parts of the State in priority order. “Hotspot” schools and permanent
      classrooms are being air cooled in areas down to 30° Celsius mean maximum January temperature and
      all demountable classrooms and specialist teaching spaces are to be air cooled by June 2005.
      The mean maximum January temperatures at all schools in the Baulkham Hills electorate are below 30°

      mean maximum January temperature that have not been treated, it is not possible to consider the
      provision of air cooling in permanent accommodation in schools outside target areas at this stage.
      All demountable classrooms in the Baulkham Hills electorate have been fitted with air conditioning as
      part of the Air Cooling Program.

*3271 ROYAL NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL AIR-CONDITIONING—Mr Roberts to Minister for Health—

      (1) When will all departments and buildings at Royal North Shore Hospital be fully air-conditioned?
      (2) What is the roll-out plan and dates?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) Royal North Shore Hospital has been included on the NSW Health Asset Acquisition
           program for staged redevelopment over the next 6-7 years at a projected cost of $452.1 million.
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           This process is still in the planning stages so it is not possible to accurately identify when individual
           buildings will be completed. Interim arrangements are made to air-condition areas as required on a
           needs basis.

*3272 AIR-CONDITIONING REPRESENTATIONS—Mr Roberts to Minister for Health—

      (1) What departments and buildings at Royal North Shore Hospital still operate without air-
          conditioning?
      (2) What representations on this issue have been made to the Department of Health by Royal North
          Shore Hospital?

      Answer—

      (1) I am advised that all patient care areas on the Royal North Shore Hospital campus are air-
          conditioned and 70% of all departments are air-conditioned. Approximately 32 buildings on the
          Royal North Shore Hospital campus are fully air-conditioned and 9 buildings have no air-
          conditioning.
      (2) Northern Sydney Area Health Service made representations on behalf of Royal North Shore
          Hospital in 2001 and 2002. The $452.1M redevelopment of Royal North Shore Hospital campus
          was announced in June 2002.

*3273 INCINERATOR PROPOSAL—Mr Roberts to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources—

      What is the Government’s position concerning the toxic incinerator proposal for the Rhodes peninsular,
      located at the Meriton-owned site?

      Answer—

      I approved remediation of the former Allied Feeds (Meriton) site using direct heated thermal desorption
      on 23 October 2003 following a comprehensive environmental impact assessment of the proposal,
      including a transparent public Commission of Inquiry.
      My approval is subject to strict and comprehensive conditions.

*3274 REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—Mr Aplin to Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the
      Illawarra, and Minister for Small Business—

      (1) What steps are being taken to address the skills shortages in the Albury region?
      (2) What regional development plans are in place to employ some of the 170 employees retrenched
          from businesses in Albury and Culcairn in the past three weeks?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) The NSW Government is working with both business and stakeholders to help address the
           skills shortages issue.
           For example, the NSW Government was a major sponsor of the Country Week Expo, which was
           held in August 2004 and aimed to build awareness, within metropolitan Sydney, of work and
           business opportunities in regional areas in NSW. Councils who participated in the 2004 Expo
           provided strong positive feedback on the event. The Country Week Expo will also be held in 2005
           with the NSW Government again a major sponsor.
           The New South Wales Government will continue to invest in quality and relevant training.
           This financial year we will be putting $1.612 billion dollars into training.
           To give people a head start in a trade, and to help employers find the skills they need, we’ve
           invested significant funds in pre-vocational training programs in identified skills shortage areas
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            such as automotive, manufacturing, electrotechnology, commercial cookery, and building and
            construction. These are short full time courses that provide a successful introduction into an
            apprenticeship and make people more job ready.
            TAFE has significantly expanded apprenticeship places this year to meet the growth in demand and
            we’ve also seen traineeships continue to grow in industries like aged care and children’s services
            where demand for skills is growing strongly.
            Vocational education and training in schools is another way in which we are helping industry to
            meet its skill needs and helping young people to become job-ready.
            More than 67,000 NSW students enrolled in VET courses as part of their HSC in 2003.
            A steadily growing number of students are taking part time traineeships and getting intensive
            industry training as part of their Higher School Certificate.
            Ultimately, it is the support of employers and their commitment to offer training positions that will
            make the difference.
            The NSW Government is also continually working with businesses expanding in or relocating to
            regional NSW to help facilitate opportunities for the creation of new jobs.

*3275 AMBULANCE SERVICES—Mrs Hancock to Minister for Health—

      (1) What plans do you have to ensure that NSW Ambulance Services on the South Coast and Illawarra
          are appropriately staffed at all times?
      (2) What was the response to threats by ambulance officers on the South Coast and Illawarra to
          withdraw their services last week due to inadequate staff resources?

      Answer—

      (1) I am advised that the NSW Ambulance Service monitors workloads and resources across the
          Service to ensure appropriate coverage for the communities it serves. As required, the Service will
          make appropriate adjustments to staffing within the conditions of Award and local union
          agreements.
      (2) As at 22 November 2004, the Ambulance Service has not received advice from ambulance officers
          or the Health Union of any proposed withdrawal of services by ambulance officers on the South
          Coast or Illawarra.

*3276 GREY WATER USE—Ms Moore to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
      Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
      Arts—

      (1) What opportunities are being proposed by the Government to promote grey water reuse?
      (2) What provisions are being developed to increase household installation of grey water systems in the
          near future?
      (3) What is the time-frame for these proposals?
      (4) Will businesses that do not require drinking quality water for their use be required to use grey
          water?
      (5) What are the estimated possible water savings through the increased uptake of grey water use?

      Answer—

      (1) to (5) The NSW Government is highly supportive of water recycling but must ensure it is done in a
            way that does not impact on public health or the environment. With this objective in mind, the
            NSW Government has formed an inter-departmental working group to coordinate NSW Guidelines
            for greywater reuse, consistent with existing environmental, health and social needs. The
            Guidelines are expected to be completed in early 2005.
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           The Government’s recently-released Metropolitan Water Plan outlines a range of reuse and
           recycling options currently under consideration, which have the potential to save up to 60 billion
           litres of water by 2020.
           For outside the Sydney metropolitan area, the Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability
           has recently updated its Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Guidelines for Local Water
           Utilities. IWCM encourages Local Water Utilities to manage their water systems to maximise
           benefits to the community and environment by integrating water supply, sewerage and stormwater,
           so that water is used optimally. Consideration of all water sources (including waste-water) in water
           planning is an integral component of IWCM.
           Under Best-Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Guidelines, all Local Water
           Utilities are required to adopt IWCM.

*3277 WATER SAVING PROGRAMS—Ms Moore to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science
      and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) What water saving initiatives exist specifically for low income households?
      (2) Are there retrofitting programs available for low income households to install water saving devices
          such as AAA rated showerheads and tap aerators, similar to that offered by Hunter Water?
      (3) Are there community education programs that encourage more efficient use of water through
          changes in action?

      Answer—

      Sydney Water has advised:
      (1) and (2) Sydney Water’s Every Drop Counts Indoor Retrofit Program gives householders the
           opportunity to have a licensed plumber install a AAA-rated showerhead, tap flow regulators, toilet
           cistern flush arrestor and repair minor leaks. The service has a retail value of up to $148 and is
           provided for just $22, but is offered free of charge to low-income households holding a pensioner
           concession card, a health care card or a veteran’s affairs gold card.
           As at 31 October 2004, Sydney Water has retrofitted approximately 104,000 households free of
           charge. Evaluation of the Program shows that for a participating household the average reduction
           in water use is approximately 20,900 litres per year. Depending on the type of hot water system,
           this equates to savings in water and energy costs of $30 to $100 per year.
           In addition in November 2004, Sydney Water commenced the retrofitting of 25,000 Department of
           Housing properties, which will be provided free of charge to residents.
      (3) Educating the community is a key component of Sydney Water’s Water Conservation and
           Recycling Program. The Outdoor Water Conservation Program provides many opportunities for
           community wide education activities. Some of the education activities undertaken by Sydney
           Water this year include:
            Go Slow on the H2O Campaign, which promotes outdoor water-saving products to gardeners
                 through press and radio advertising, shopping centre displays and promotional offers.
            Every Drop Counts in Schools Program, which provides a curriculum-based teaching resource
                 that actively engages school children in driving water conservation in their school.
            The Taronga Zoo partnership, which provides an opportunity to educate 1.2 million people
                 utilising Sydney Water’s on-site sustainable home and garden, which educates visitors on
                 saving water through everyday activities.
            Participation in the Sydney Home Show, which provided information on water-efficient
                 alternatives, including displays of efficient irrigation techniques, rainwater tank installations
                 and a variety of drought tolerant plants.
            H2O Show at the Powerhouse Museum, which provided a free weekend of exhibits,
                 workshops and demonstrations that showcased the latest water efficient inventions.
           Sydney Water provides further information on water efficient initiatives on-line at
            www.sydneywater.com.au.
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*3278 EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY—Ms Moore to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      Given the urgency and significance of Education for Sustainability:
      (1) Will the Sustainable Schools Program receive continued and ongoing funding?
      (2) Will mechanisms be developed to ensure increased uptake of schools that conduct environmental
          management plans?
      (3) Will you launch the sustainable schools program 2004-05?

      Answer—

      (1) The Sustainable Schools Program (SSP) is a pilot program jointly funded by the NSW Department
            of Education and Training (DET), the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
            and the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH). An independent
            evaluation is currently being undertaken. Decisions about the funding of the program will be taken
            following the evaluation.
      (2) and (3) The Sustainable Schools Program has been designed to investigate the most effective methods
            for assisting schools to develop environmental management plans. The results of the program will
            be used to broaden the uptake of environmental management plans across all state schools.
            Decisions about future initiatives will be made following the evaluation.

*3279 PERFECT COFFEE COMPANY—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting
      the Minister for Commerce—

      (1)   Is the Department of Fair Trading investigating the Perfect Coffee Company?
      (2)   If so, what is the current position of that investigation?
      (3)   If so, will people who invested in the Perfect Coffee Company be entitled to any compensation?
      (4)   If so, what compensation will be paid and when?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) I am advised that following consultation between the Office of Fair Trading and the Australian
            Competition and Consumer Commission, the ACCC agreed to accept complaints and make
            enquiries in respect of the conduct of the trader in this case.
            The ACCC is the most appropriate body to investigate these types of matters given its
            responsibilities under the Franchising Code of Practice.

*3280 FLYOVER WORK—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      (1) Is the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) carrying out work on the Pacific Highway south from the
          intersection of the Pacific Highway and the Failford turnoff?
      (2) If so, does the RTA intend to upgrade the intersection of the Pacific Highway and the Failford turn-
          off as part of that work?
      (3) If so, is it intended to install a ‘flyover’ intersection as part of the current work?
      (4) If not, why not?
      (5) Has the Community Liaison Group, which was formed to discuss the work mentioned in clauses 1
          and 2 hereof, raised with the RTA the need for a ‘flyover’ intersection at the intersection of the
          Pacific Highway and the Failford turn-off?
      (6) What has been the RTA’s reaction to such discussions?
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     (7) If discussions did occur with the Community Liaison Group, did any representative of the RTA
          state during those discussions that a ‘flyover’ intersection could not be considered because the
          money needed for a ‘flyover’ intersection was not available?
     (8) During discussions between members of the Community Liaison Group and the RTA, were the
          RTA representatives asked a question to the effect that, ‘was the RTA/NSW government prepared
          to accept deaths rather than build the flyover now’?
     (9) If so, what was the reply from the RTA representatives to such a statement?
     (10) Has the RTA reserved or purchased land for a future ‘flyover’ intersection of the Pacific Highway
          and the Failford Road turn-off?
     (11) If so, when was such land purchased or reserved?
     (12) If the land has been reserved or purchased for a ‘flyover’ intersection at the intersection of the
          Pacific Highway and the Failford turn-off, why won’t the RTA or the government build a ‘flyover’
          intersection in conjunction with the current work being carried out?

     Answer—

     (1) Yes.
     (2) Yes. The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) is improving the at-grade intersection as part of the
          Bundacree Creek to Possum Brush project.
     (3) Not as part of this work.
     (4) The construction of a ‘flyover’ is not part of the current project as the funding for the upgrading
          program is being directed to the higher priority work of duplicating the Pacific Highway.
     (5) Yes.
     (6) The issue raised by the Community Liaison Group has been noted by the RTA.
     (7) A representative of the RTA stated that construction of a ‘flyover’ at this location is not part of the
          scope for the current project.
     (8) That question was asked.
     (9) A representative of the RTA responded by saying the way the question was presented was
          inappropriate for discussion in the Community Liaison Group meeting. The RTA representative also
          said that the intersection does not have a poor crash history and that improvements are planned for
          the at-grade intersection as part of the Bundacree Creek to Possum Brush project to enhance the
          safety of road users.
     (10) Yes, the RTA has purchased some property for provision in the future of a ‘flyover’ at this site.
     (11) April, 2002.
     (12) While funds are not available because of other higher priorities for upgrading the Highway, the
          RTA is progressing the planning and land acquisition to facilitate the construction of a grade
          separated interchange at some future time.

*3281 MAKEHAM INVESTIGATION—Mr Stoner to Minister for Police—

     Will you respond to the issues raised in my Private Member’s Statement of 1 July 2003, concerning the
     police investigation into the murder of Matthew Adrian Makeham near Nambucca Heads?

     Answer—

     NSW Police advise me that this matter is currently before the NSW State Coroner. It would, therefore,
     be inappropriate for me to comment.

*3282 SUTHERLAND HOSPITAL—Mr Kerr to Minister for Health—

     How many (i) staff surgeons (ii) visiting surgeons are there at Sutherland Hospital?
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      Answer—

      I am advised that Sutherland Hospital has 30 Visiting Medical Officer surgeons and one Staff Specialist
      Surgeon.

*3283 NURSES AT SUTHERLAND HOSPITAL—Mr Kerr to Minister for Health—

      How many nurses are employed at Sutherland Hospital?

      Answer—

      I am advised that Sutherland Hospital currently employs a total of 553 nursing staff.

*3284 GUYRA TOMATO GROWING—Mr Maguire to Minister for Mineral Resources, representing the
      Minister for Primary Industries—

      How many dollars did the State Government contribute to the recently announced $24 million tomato
      growing enterprise at Guyra?

      Answer—

      This question should be directed to the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. David Campbell,
      MP.

*3285 GRIEVANCE COUNSELLING—Mr Constance to Minister for Police, representing the Minister for
      Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
      Lands—

      What grievance counselling is provided by the State Government to volunteer rescue organisation
      participants who attend motor vehicle accidents?

      Answer—

      The NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) is a non – Government organisation. In recognition of
      the invaluable work that is carried out by the members of this organisation, the Government provides
      annual grants. For the 2004/05 financial year the Government increased its grant to the VRA by
      $350,000 to $1.2 million. The manner in which this grant is expended and the services that it may
      ultimately provide for are a matter for its executive to determine.
      However, I am advised that the VRA has provided for a number of years its own in house counselling
      and chaplaincy services to members in need, the contact details of which are provided to all affiliates of
      the VRA.

*3286 PACIFIC HIGHWAY TRAFFIC—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      What was the average number of vehicles per day travelling along the Pacific Highway, Hornsby, during
      each of the following months:
           (a) September 2002
           (b) September 2003
           (c) September 2004?
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      Answer—

           (a) 61,353.
           (b) 61,841.
           (c) 62,815.

*3287 HORNSBY HOSPITAL BEDS—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      Regarding Hornsby Hospital:
      (1) How many beds are currently available for use?
      (2) What wards are open for use and what are the available bed numbers in each?
      (3) In each ward, what is the main type of patient illness managed?

      Answer—

      (1) to (3) I am advised by the Northern Sydney Area Health Service that Hornsby Hospital contains a
            total of 288 beds.
            The availability of beds by wards varies in response to changing service demands.

*3288 THEATRE HOURS—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      Regarding Hornsby Hospital:
      (1) (a) How many (i) staff surgeons and (ii) visiting surgeons operate?
          (b) Does any other clinician have operating rights?
          (c) If so, who?
      (2) What are their specialities?
      (3) Of the surgeons and clinicians in (1) above, how many operating theatre hours were they allocated
          per week in 2004 in the months of June, July, August, September and October?

      Answer—

      (1) to (3) I am advised by Northern Sydney Area Health Service that Hornsby Hospital currently has
            2 staff specialist surgeons and 35 visiting surgeons who operate at the hospital. In addition, a
            number of clinicians also have operating rights in specialities such as Orthopaedics, General
            Surgery, ENT Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cardiothoracic and
            Gastroenterology.
            On average, these surgeons/clinicians were allocated between 97 and 102 operating theatre hours
            per week during June to October 2004.

*3289 TOWN WATER UPGRADE—Mr Maguire to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science
      and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      On what date did you announce that the town water system for Urbenville, Woodenbong and Muli Muli
      would be upgraded?

      Answer—

      I have not announced any approval for funding for construction of the upgrade for the Urbenville,
      Woodenbong, Muli Muli water supply scheme. However, on 17 November 2004 I advised that the
      priority for this scheme had been upgraded from six to three, on a scale of 1 to 10.
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*3290 AIR-CONDITIONERS—Ms Moore to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
      Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      What action is the Government taking, in addition to BASIX, to specifically address the intensity of air-
      conditioners in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and peak time usage?

      Answer—

      The Government is mindful of the significant increase in numbers of air conditioners installed in New
      South Wales and their effect on the electricity system maximum demand. For example, EnergyAustralia
      estimates that 10% of its assets are required for 1% of the year 1 and Integral Energy estimates 11% of its
      network capacity is used for 25 hours of the year. 2
      A number of measures have been initiated by the Government to address this issue:
            Electricity prices for domestic users were restructured from 1 July 2004 with both
                 EnergyAustralia and Integral Energy incorporating an inclining block tariff structure. 3 This
                 sends a strong signal to customers to limit discretionary usage of appliances such as air-
                 conditioners;
            New South Wales actively participates in the National Appliance and Equipment Energy
                 Efficiency Program. This program mandates appliance energy efficiency requirements.
                 Minimum standards are being raised with progressive removal of poorly performing units
                 from the market place.
                Over the next 3 years it is expected that a significant proportion of air conditioner models
                 currently on sale will be replaced with more energy efficient models.
                This initiative will limit the increase in electricity demand and save greenhouse gas emissions;
            The Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability is developing an Energy Smart Home
                 Rating scheme designed to provide customised information to customers on how energy is
                 used in the home.
                This service will provide advice on how to achieve adequate comfort without using an air-
                 conditioner, how to select an efficient air conditioner and how to minimise energy use in
                 existing systems; and
            The Demand Management for Electricity Distributors Code of Practice has recently been
                 revised and distributors notified that the Code must be incorporated into Network
                 Management Plans. This ensures distributors give equal consideration to the Demand
                 Management option before expanding networks. Schemes to control air-conditioner use will
                 be an essential part of this process.
       2004 Distribution Determination EnergyAustralia Presentation to IPART, EnergyAustralia 11 June 2003
      2
        2004 Electricity Network Review Supplementary Submission, Integral Energy, 14 August 2003
      3
        2004 Electricity Prices for Residential Customers, shown on each distributors’ web site

*3291 WASTED WATER—Ms Moore to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
      Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
      Arts—

      (1) What is the Government doing to reduce water waste that occurs in restaurants as a result of
          constantly running taps?
      (2) As many Thai restaurants leave their taps on in close proximity to cooking flames as a way of
          adding cool water to meals prepared in woks, will the Government prohibit this practice with the
          introduction of fines and enforcement?
      (3) Are there other planned measures to address this practice which not only wastes water but sends the
          wrong message to the community?
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      Answer—

      Sydney Water has advised:
      (1) and (2) Sydney Water is partnering with the business community to find better ways to save water
           through the Every Drop Counts Business Program. The hospitality sector consumes approximately
           7 per cent, or 33 megalitres per day, of the business sector’s total water consumption. Water
           efficiency in Asian restaurants and noodle bars is being investigated and is an ongoing area of
           focus.
           In May 2004, Sydney Water completed an audit of a commercial Asian restaurant to identify major
           water using processes and behaviours. Focus turned to the use of a wok burners and addressing the
           way water is used to cool this equipment. The restaurant implemented all recommendations and
           was able to reduce water use by 38 per cent, or 19,000 litres a day.
           Technical solutions to minimise water wastage are also being trialled as part of the audit. One
           solution will prevent taps from running when the wok is not in use. If proven successful this
           equipment will become available to other Asian restaurants within Sydney Water’s area of
           operations.
           A study was undertaken in June 2004 to complement the audit and to find alternative wok cooker
           equipment that does not use water as a coolant. A model of wok cooker that can be commercially
           produced has been identified. A trial demonstration of this new equipment began in November
           2004, with the aim of quantifying water savings in comparison with traditional equipment. The
           results of this trial are expected in February 2005.
           Sydney Water is also undertaking a study to quantify the number of wok cookers within its area of
           operations. This will enable an estimate of total water savings if current equipment is replaced. This
           study commenced in August 2004 and is expected to be complete in February 2005.
           Sydney Water will also evaluate potential incentive schemes to encourage the uptake of equipment
           that does not use water as a coolant.
           If the trial of water efficient equipment is successful, Sydney Water will review the potential to
           make it mandatory for all new installations to use the equipment.
      (3) Sydney Water is working with two local councils to develop an education program to prevent water
           wastage in Asian restaurants. It is expected that development of this program will be completed by
           mid-2005. Once finalised Sydney Water, in conjunction with remaining local councils, aims to
           deliver this program throughout Sydney, the Illawarra and Blue Mountains. Messages will build on
           the current emphasis to turn off taps when equipment is not in use, use alternatives other than water
           to thaw frozen ingredients and use a broom instead of a hose to clean floors and outdoor areas.

*3292 WATER USE—Ms Moore to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
      Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
      Arts—

      What assessment of water use patterns has been conducted since the water restrictions in terms of:
      (1) What is the balance of changes in terms of mandatory and voluntary actions?
      (2) Is reduced water usage a result of the prohibition of certain activities such as washing cars with
          hoses, or a combination of voluntary actions such as taking shorter showers?
      (3) What impact have voluntary actions had?
      (4) What incentives is the Government considering to further promote voluntary actions such as
          installing water efficient devices, in addition to BASIX?

      Answer—

      Sydney Water has advised:
      (1) to (3) During 2003/04, water consumption dropped by 72 gigalitres in response to the introduction of
            mandatory water restrictions and continued delivery of Sydney Water’s demand management
            programs.
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         It is very difficult to accurately estimate what proportion of the savings attributed to restrictions are
         due to voluntary versus mandatory actions. However, it is estimated that 90 per cent of the
         reduction is due to customer compliance with the outdoor water restrictions in conjunction with
         voluntary behaviour changes. The remaining 10 per cent of the reduction would be due to
         continued voluntary participation by customers in Sydney Water’s demand management programs,
         such as the residential retrofits, rainwater tank rebate, Every Drop Counts Business Program, plus
         the Sydney Water leakage reduction program.
     (4) The NSW Government has evaluated all sensible practical options to supply, save or substitute
         water. The Metropolitan Water Plan outlines the mix of options that has the best prospects of
         delivering a cost-effective solution to Sydney’s water needs in the future.
         As part of its contribution to the partnership with the community in conserving water, the
         Government will undertake major capital works projects, as well as provide information and
         support to Sydney householders, businesses and farmers on how use water more wisely.
         The Metropolitan Water Plan outlines how the Government plans to further promote voluntary
         water conservation. Some of the actions include:
          Continued support to householders who want to install water-efficient devices through Sydney
                Water’s Retrofit Program at the subsidised cost of $22. A free retrofit service has also
                commenced on Department of Housing homes.
          Rainwater tank subsidies will continue until July 2008 and will be available to householders in
                Sydney Water’s area of operation whose homes were built or approved prior to the
                implementation of BASIX.
          Roll out of a new water education plan for NSW to maintain and increase awareness of water
                conservation. This will build on the programs implemented to date including the ‘Go Slow on
                the H2O’, specialised schools programs by Sydney Water, the NSW Government’s ‘It’s a
                Living Thing’ campaign and ‘Water Wise on the Farm’.
          Sydney Water will continue to work with the 200 plus participants in its Every Drop Counts
                Business Program.
          The Government will establish a Demand Management Fund to assist businesses, local
                government and State Government agencies to implement water saving initiatives. Funds will
                be allocated to the most efficient schemes.
         Further information on the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Water Plan can be viewed on-line at
         www.dipnr.nsw.gov.au.

                                               18 NOVEMBER 2004

                                                   (Paper No. 110)

*3293 CHRISTLEY CORRESPONDENCE—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Health—

     On what dates since 1999 did Dr Stephen Christley send memoranda or correspondence to the Minister
     for Health setting out recommendations or advice regarding the new Northern Beaches Hospital site?

     Answer—

     I am advised by the Northern Sydney Area Health Service that during 1999 and 2000 a review of health
     services in the Northern Sydney area was carried out that resulted in a Strategic Resources Plan. In the
     course of the development of the Plan the Northern Sydney Area Service provided a number of progress
     reports to the Department of Health and, subsequently, to my office.
     That plan recommended the reconfiguration of services across the Area and, in particular, the
     consolidation of acute services to a site near the centre of the population on the Northern Beaches.
     I also refer the Honourable Member to my response to his Question on Notice in the Legislative
     Assembly No. 3339.
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*3294 MEDICAL STAFF—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Health—

     What is the total number of medical staff, by category, for each year 1999 to 2003 and to date in 2004
     at:
         (a) Manly Hospital
         (b) Mona Vale Hospital?

     Answer—

           (a) Northern Sydney Area Health Service has advised that as at 3 December 2004 there were 4
               full time equivalent (FTE) Interns employed at the Manly Hospital, 15 FTE Resident Medical
               Offices, 14 FTE Registrars and 0.87 FTE Career Medical Officers.
               In addition, Manly Hospital had, as at 3 December 2004, 76 Visiting Medical Officers and 3
               Staff Specialists working at the Hospital.
           (b) Northern Sydney Area Health Service has advised that as at 3 December 2004 there were 5
               full time equivalent (FTE) Interns employed at the Mona Vale Hospital, 14 FTE Resident
               Medical Officers, 9 FTE Registrars and 4.26 FTE Career Medical Officers.
               In addition, Mona Vale Hospital had, as at 3 December 2004, 88 Visiting Medical Officers
               and 11 Staff Specialists working at the Hospital.

*3295 ANOREXIA PROGRAM—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Health—

     (1)   What program(s) is the Government undertaking for anorexia?
     (2)   What is the cost of each program?
     (3)   When did each program commence?
     (4)   How many patients have been treated annually?
     (5)   What has been the percentage of patients who have recovered?

     Answer—

     (1) to (5) The NSW Government funds Area Health Services to provide a comprehensive range of
           service options for eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa. The type and range of services
           required are outlined in the recently developed Eating Disorders Service Plan for NSW. The Plan
           will be implemented in stages over the next five years.
           There are a range of public health services for eating disorders. Local Community Health or Mental
           Health Services and General Hospital Psychiatry services provide assessment, referral and
           outpatient management.
           There are at least 24 specialist Eating Disorder inpatient beds across NSW providing acute,
           developmentally appropriate interventions.
           NSW Health has developed an eating disorders training and education program for General
           Practitioners and a service network between GPs and eating disorder services in NSW. The Shared
           Care Eating Disorders project was completed in December 2001 and has made significant
           improvements in the continuity of care between primary and specialist services.
           Since 2001 NSW Health has funded a Statewide Eating Disorder Service Development Officer to
           provide expert support to Areas developing eating disorders programs and to assist in the
           implementation of the Eating Disorders Service Plan across NSW. This position is funded until
           February 2006.
           Information on the cost of individual programs, their commencement dates and the number of
           patients treated, are not routinely reported by Area Health Services to NSW Health.
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*3296 NEW BUSES—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) On what dates will new buses be delivered to Brookvale or Mona Vale depots?
      (2) How many will be delivered?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      (1) The first new rigid bus is to be delivered in early 2005 and the first new articulated bus is scheduled
           for delivery in mid 2005.
      (2) Twenty-five rigid buses and forty articulated buses will be delivered to bus depots in the Northern
           Area.

*3297 COUNTRY TOWNS WATER AND SEWERAGE SCHEME—Ms Seaton to Minister for Energy and
      Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health
      (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      Regarding the Country Towns Water and Sewerage Scheme:
      (1) Which NSW towns specifically have been earmarked for funding in the CTWSS?
      (2) In what priority are these towns ranked within the program?
      (3) What is the timetable for each project’s proposed funding and implementation?
      (4) What is the indicative cost of each town’s project?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) I have appointed an Interagency Prioritisation Committee to assess and rank all projects listed
            in the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program. The Prioritisation Committee is
            currently finalising its ranking for projects.

*3298 CREDIT RATINGS—Ms Seaton to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the
      Executive Council—

      With respect to credit ratings of state agencies and state owned corporations:
      (1) What is the credit rating of each and every NSW statutory authority and state owned corporation?
      (2) With regard to each state agency and state owned corporation, what is the guarantee fee levied by
           NSW Treasury in 2002-03, and 2003-04, where any agency’s credit rating was lower than the State
           credit rating?

      Answer—

      I have been advised that where applicable, credit ratings are either available through agency annual
      reports or the ratings agencies.
      Standard and Poors recently reaffirmed the State’s AAA credit rating, which is testimony to the sound
      financial management of the Carr Government. This ensures low and stable borrowing costs for NSW
      Government agencies.
      Data on borrowing costs, and where applicable guarantee fees, is available in the financial statements
      published in agency annual reports.
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*3299 GLENFIELD RAILWAY STATION—Mr Lynch to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       When will the Minister substantively reply to the letter from the Member for Liverpool dated 4 March
       2004 concerning facilities at Glenfield Railway Station (ML04/10961)?

       Answer—

       I am advised:
       A response from RailCorp CEO, Vince Graham has been provided to this correspondence.

*3300 METHADONE TREATMENT—Mr Lynch to Minister for Health—

       When will the Minister reply to the letter from the Member for Liverpool dated 25 August 2004 (sent by
       facsimile on 25 August 2004) concerning methadone treatment in the Liverpool and Fairfield areas?

       Answer—

       I am advised that a response has been provided to the Member for Liverpool.

*3301 WATER QUALITY PENALTY—Mr Richardson to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

       (1) Will the Government have to pay Australian Water Services, the operator of the Prospect water
           filtration plant, a penalty if the water supplied from the deeper parts of Sydney Catchment
           Authority’s storages under the Government’s water plan does not meet an agreed standard?
       (2) If so, what penalties will the Government incur?

       Answer—

       (1) and (2) Australian Water Services (AWS) is required to treat all water to meet the Australian
            Drinking Water Guidelines. The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) has tested for many years the
            quality of deep water that is currently inaccessible, and found no significant difference to the water
            currently being supplied to Sydney, which is well within the prescribed quality limits.
            In addition, the water in Warragamba, at particular times of the year, mixes from top to bottom
            naturally, and the water in the Avon and Nepean storages are mechanically mixed and aerated.
            These natural and mechanical processes ensure that water quality is consistent from top to bottom
            within these dams.

*3302 PLAN IMPLEMENTATION—Ms Moore to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

       (1) How is the Department of Education supporting the NSW Council for Environmental Education in
           terms of the Learning for Sustainability Plan?
       (2) What funds have been allocated towards achieving the stated aims of integration with other
           education objectives?
       (3) Is the Department taking an active and leading role in working towards the plan’s aims?
       (4) What key initiatives has the Department commenced as a result of the plan?
       (5) How will the Department promote the visibility of the Plan?
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      Answer—

      (1) to (5) The Department of Education and Training (DET) supports Learning for Sustainability through
            its representation on the Council and in implementing sections of the plan for which it is
            responsible.
            In addition to funding the positions of the DET Sustainability Coordinator, the Manager of
            Environmental Education and 42 full-time teachers in Environmental Education Centres the DET
            has allocated $724,435 toward integrating the aim of environmental education into other
            educational objectives.
            Key initiatives undertaken as a result of the Plan include:
             The appointment of a DET Sustainability Coordinator;
             The development of School Environmental Management Plans (SEMPs), which all schools
                  are required to develop under the Environmental Education Policy for Schools (2002);
             The Sustainable Schools Program has been implemented in 188 public schools;
             The development and distribution, in collaboration with lead agencies, of seven print
                  resources, two CDs and 15 support items on the Curriculum K-12 website.

*3303 GREENHOUSE OFFICE—Ms Moore to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

      What is the progress of the Greenhouse Office since it was established last year including:
          (a) strategic directions
          (b) establishment of programs
          (c) reduction in greenhouse gas, and
          (d) any other outcomes to date?

      Answer—

      The New South Wales Greenhouse Office is a specialist policy unit within The Cabinet Office, to advise
      me on ways to address the problem posed by greenhouse gases.
      The role of the Office is to:
             Provide whole of government strategic advice to the Premier on greenhouse policy matters.
             Lead greenhouse policy development in NSW, set strategic priorities for greenhouse action
                 and oversee policy implementation.
             Negotiate and report on national matters in relation to greenhouse and participate in interstate
                 greenhouse forums.
             Coordinate, monitor and report on whole of government greenhouse action through a CEO
                 working group and an Interagency Network.
             Provide secretariat support for a Greenhouse Advisory Panel that advises the Premier on
                 greenhouse and sustainability issues.
      The Office was officially launched on 30 March 2004 and tasked with developing a greenhouse strategy
      for the State. Since the establishment of the Office a number of new measures to reduce greenhouse gas
      emissions and combat global warming have been introduced.
      Greenhouse Performance of Government Buildings
            A commitment to rate and improve the greenhouse performance of all Government office buildings,
            which will result in the reduction of around 19,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per annum. This
            program is managed by the Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability.
      Greener Government Fleet
            A Greener Government Fleet program, which excludes V8’s from the Government contract and sets
            new environmental performance targets for Government motor vehicle fleets. This policy will save
            around 55,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions (CO2) by 2008, the equivalent of taking almost
            14,000 cars off the road or planting 7750 trees. This program is managed by the Department of
            Commerce.
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     Biodiesel Trial on Sydney Ferries
          A trial of the renewable fuel, biodiesel, on selected Sydney Ferries, that will measure the air quality
          and greenhouse improvements of switching to cleaner, non-fossil fuels. Biodiesel has significantly
          lower life cycle greenhouse emissions than conventional diesel. This program will be managed by
          Sydney Ferries Corporation.
     Scientific Research into Climate Change
          The Office has commenced the important task of increasing understanding of climate change
          impacts, and preparing adaptation strategies. The Office has commissioned two climate change
          studies by the CSIRO, including an analysis of average and extreme climate variability.
     Bushfires Incidence Study
          The Office has initiated a joint Commonwealth and State study to better understand the change in
          bushfire risk in south-eastern Australia. The results of the study will be released by June 2005. The
          study will help us to protect New South Wales’ natural and human assets and plan for a new and
          potentially more severe bushfire regime.
     Emissions Trading Working Group
          Together with other states and territories, New South Wales is working on the development of a
          multi-jurisdictional emissions trading scheme in the absence of Commonwealth leadership on this
          issue.
          The Cabinet Office chairs this working group and the Greenhouse Office is providing secretariat
          support to this important initiative.
     Greenhouse Strategy Development
          The Office, through a consultative approach with industry, community and Government
          representatives, is currently developing a Greenhouse Strategy that identifies opportunities for
          further greenhouse action in New South Wales.
          The goals of the strategy are to:
                 Limit the growth of greenhouse gas emissions.
                 Put New South Wales on a long term path towards a prosperous economy with low net
                      carbon emissions.
                 Raise awareness of all greenhouse issues among the broader community to drive action
                      to reduce emissions by individuals.
                 Deepen our knowledge of climate change impacts on New South Wales, and, where
                      appropriate, begin adaptation processes.
          The Office released a discussion paper in April, to guide public input into the strategy development
          process. The Office received over eighty public submissions, including presentations, from
          stakeholder and industry groups.
          A draft strategy will be circulated for further public consultation and review early in 2005.

*3304 OPERATION AUXIN—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     In relation to Operation Auxin:
     (1) Given police identified some 700 child pornography suspects Australia wide, how many suspects
           were in NSW?
     (2) Of those suspects in NSW, how many have subsequently been charged with offences related to
           child pornography viewing and possession?
     (3) Of those suspects in NSW, what is the total number of charges laid relating to child pornography
           viewing and possession in NSW?
     (4) Given police indicated 380 computers had been confiscated Australia wide, how many were
           confiscated in NSW?
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      Answer—

      NSW Police advises me:
      (1) to (4) As the question refers to an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate for me to
            comment.

*3305 ALBION PARK POLICING—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

      (1) Are you aware of comments by the Member for Kiama that Albion Park was subject to “street
          terrorism”?
      (2) What action has been taken in Albion Park to deal with street crime?
      (3) What action has been taken to update the antiquated phone system at Warilla Police Station?
      (4) (a) Have you received representations from the Member for Kiama about “street terrorism” in
                Albion Park?
          (b) If so, when?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) Lake Illawarra Local Area Command, which polices the Albion Park area, proactively
           allocates police resources based on current intelligence to target anti-social behaviour at specific
           locations and times.
           The 2004-05 Budget foreshadowed allocations of $40 million per annum beginning in 2005-06 for
           the replacement or refurbishment of 27 Police properties across the State. Warilla Police Station is
           included in this list.

*3306 STRICKLAND HOUSE—Mr Debnam to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

      (1) What is the status of the Conservation Management Plan for Strickland House?
      (2) To date, what community consultation has been undertaken in relation to the future use and
          management of the site as part of the preparation of the Master Plan?
      (3) What are current arrangements for bookings for the use of Strickland House?
      (4) For how many days was the property hired in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 to date?
      (5) What are the detailed revenue and expenses, including a breakdown of revenue by type of event
          (e.g. weddings, charity functions, filming) for 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 to date?

      Answer—

      (1) The Conservation Management Plan for Strickland House has been endorsed by the Heritage
          Council of New South Wales.
      (2) At the appropriate stage of master planning, there will be extensive public consultation in relation
          to the future use and management of the site.
      (3) I am advised that bookings for the use of the premises and grounds are made through the on-site
          caretaker.
      (4) I am advised that the grounds and buildings at Strickland House were booked for commercial use
          over the last four years as follows: 20 bookings in 2001-02 (figures are available for six months
          only); 30 bookings in 2002-03; 37 bookings in 2003-04; and nine bookings in 2004-05 to date.
          Individual bookings may be for part of a day or span several days.
      (5) I am advised that:
          Revenue generated by fashion/film shoots was: $24,409 in 2001-02; $30,545 in 2002-03; $20,450
          in 2003-04; and $8,350 in 2004-05 to date. Non-commercial use of the grounds (e.g. for wedding
          ceremonies, picnics and charity functions) is permitted at no charge.
          Expenditure on maintenance and caretaker salaries was: $123,894 in 2001-02; $129,089 in 2002-
          03; $138,959 in 2003-04; and $60,197 in 2004-05 to date.
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*3307 CITYBUS DIRECT SERVICE—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      As the CityBus Direct public transport service is proposed to cease on 21 December 2004, what
      initiatives is the Minister considering to retain this or similar services?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      Existing arrangements preclude the Ministry of Transport from forcing private bus companies to
      maintain services above contractual minimums.

*3308 GULGONG PRIMARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS—Mr Souris to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education
      and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) Are you aware of a combined public meeting of Gulgong Primary and Gulgong High Schools’
          Parents and Citizens (P&C) Associations, councils and community members on Tuesday 16
          November 2004?
      (2) Are you aware that a former Minister for Education, the Hon John Aquilina, gave an undertaking in
          answer to a Question Without Notice to undertake a capital construction program to replace the 40
          per cent of the High School’s teaching space, presently in demountable classrooms, with permanent
          buildings?
      (3) When will the demountables at Gulgong High School be replaced?
      (4) Why has Country Areas Program (CAP) funding for both schools been withdrawn?
      (5) Why is the CAP formula discriminatory against Gulgong?
      (6) (a) Do Health Insurance Commission figures for Gulgong, showing a high level of Health Care
               cardholders, contradict the Department’s Priority Schools Funding Program (PSFP) formula
               regarding the level of socio-economic disadvantage?
          (b) Why has PSFP funding been refused for both schools?
      (7) When will the electricity upgrade for Gulgong Primary School, announced by you in April and
          again in October 2004, be commenced?
      (8) When will air-conditioning, provided under the Hot Spots Program for Infants classrooms at
          Gulgong Primary School, be installed?
      (9) When will Gulgong Primary School’s P&C receive reimbursement of Joint funding for a covered
          outdoor learning area (COLA) which was approved and constructed earlier in 2004?

      Answer—

      (1) I am advised that a meeting was held on Monday 15 November 2004.
      (2) and (3) Funding for Gulgong High School will be considered in the context of future capital works
            priorities.
      (4) to (6) The 714 communities outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong are considered for
            inclusion in the CAP every five years in accordance with the publication of the Australian Bureau
            of Statistics census data. The eligibility of schools for the 2004 to 2008 funding period has been the
            subject of discussion and consultation with relevant stakeholders.
            The criteria rate communities in terms of their geographic location. Gulgong’s rating has altered in
            response to population changes across New South Wales to the extent that it is not eligible for
            inclusion for the 2004 to 2008 funding period.
            The data collected from the 2004 PSFP survey of the families of students enrolled at Gulgong
            Public School and Gulgong High School indicated that the schools were not eligible for inclusion
            on the list of PSFP schools for the 2005 to 2008 funding quadrennium. Schools that qualified for
            the program had a greater proportion of parents or caregivers who were relatively of lower socio-
            economic status in 2004 than schools that did not qualify.
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      (7) The upgrade is scheduled for the 2004/2005 summer vacation period to ensure that there is no
          disruption to the school.
      (8) A project to further provide air cooling to permanent classrooms at Gulgong Public School will be
          considered in the context of future capital works priorities.
      (9) The application for Joint Funding for a COLA was considered against competing Joint Funding
          applications but was not approved in the 2004/05 Joint Funding Program. The project will be
          considered for inclusion in the 2005/06 Joint Funding Program.

*3309 CHILD ABDUCTION ALERT SYSTEM—Mr Pringle to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Community Services, and
      Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

      Is it proposed to implement a Child Abduction Alert System as used in Queensland?

      Answer—

      This is a matter for the NSW Minister for Police.

*3310 NORTH WEST RAIL LINK CORRIDOR—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources—

      (1) Has all the land for the North West Rail Link corridor now been acquired?
      (2) If not, which sections are outstanding?
      (3) What is the status of the proposed connection to the Richmond railway line?

      Answer—

      (1) to (3) I refer the Member to my recent announcement concerning land release in the North West
            sector.

*3311 MINING WATER USE—Mr Richardson to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
      Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) What checks are carried out by the Department of Energy and Utilities to monitor water usage in
          methane mining exploration?
      (2) Has any licence for water usage been issued to Sydney Gas for methane mining exploration in
          Wyong Shire?
      (3) If so, what are the terms of the licence in respect of:
          (a) amount of water
          (b) quality of water
          (c) source of water?
      (4) If not, why does his department not monitor and control water usage for methane mining?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) These questions should be directed to the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister
            for Natural Resources for water licences and the Minister for Mineral Resources in respect of
            mining licences.

*3312 METHANE EXPLORATION—Mr Richardson to Minister for Mineral Resources—

      (1) Has the Department of Mineral Resources issued an exploration licence to Sydney Gas to explore
          for methane gas in Wyong Shire?
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      (2) (a) Does methane exploration require the usage of high volumes of water?
          (b) Is there an alternative method of exploration?
      (3) Does the licence contain any requirements relating to water usage?
      (4) If so:
          (a) how much water
          (b) from what source
          (c) of what quality?
      (5) If there is no requirement as to water usage, why not?

      Answer—

      (1) Yes.
      (2) (a) I am advised that water is used during the drilling of coal seam methane exploration wells and
               during a process called ‘fraccing’. This is a process when the gas-bearing coal is fractured and
               a water/sand mix is injected under pressure to hold the fractures open. This allows the coal to
               dewater and then the gas to flow.
          (b) No.
      (3) No.
      (4) Not applicable.
      (5) Water usage is regulated by other agencies. The licence does contain conditions that require the
          company’s exploration operations to be carried out in a manner that does not cause or aggravate air
          pollution, water pollution, soil contamination or erosion and apply stringent limits on impacts to
          catchment areas.

*3313 WATER MONITORING—Mr Richardson to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment—

      (1) Is the Department of Environment and Conservation monitoring the usage and pollution of water by
          Sydney Gas in Wyong Shire for methane mining?
      (2) If so, what are the results to date of the monitoring?
      (3) If not, why not?

      Answer—

      No. As Wyong Shire Council is the authority responsible for this activity the scale of activity is below
      the threshold requiring licensing by the Department of Environment and Conservation.

*3314 LICENCE ISSUE—Mr Richardson to Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra,
      and Minister for Small Business, representing the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local
      Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

      (1) What checks does the Department of Lands carry out to monitor and control water usage in
          methane mining?
      (2) Has a licence been issued by the Department of Lands to Sydney Gas to extract and use water for
          methane mining in Wyong Shire?
      (3) If so, what are the terms of the licence in respect of:
          (a) amount of water
          (b) quality of water
          (c) source of water?

      Answer—

      This is a matter for the Minister for Natural Resources.
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*3315 BUSHFIRES IN NATIONAL PARKS—Mr Richardson to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     (1) In the last five years which national parks have experienced bushfires?
     (2) How many hectares were burnt in hazard reduction operations in each national park in the year
         prior to it experiencing a bushfire?

     Answer—

     1994-95 to 2002-2003
     The information sought by the Honourable Member concerning fire management, the occurrence of
     bushfires in national parks and hazard reduction activities is contained in the various National Parks and
     Wildlife Service Annual Reports and Reserve Fire Management Strategies published over the last ten
     years.
     2003-2004
     Drier than average conditions across much of NSW enabled prescribed burning and fuel reduction
     activities to occur over an estimated 59,909 hectares on parks and reserves and 4,145 hectares on land
     neighbouring parks during the year. This is almost double the area that was hazard reduced during the
     last year of the former Coalition Government.
     The Department’s fire control efforts focus on restricting the effect of on-park fires on neighbouring land
     (public and private) and the community. During 2003-2004, 64 fires came onto reserves from
     neighbouring lands and 13 escaped reserve boundaries.

*3316 SCHOOL AIR-CONDITIONERS—Mrs Hopwood to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) Are there plans for the re-wiring of Normanhurst Public School to enable air conditioners to be
         used?
     (2) What is the timeframe for the commencement of this work and how long will it take?

     Answer—

     The Department of Education and Training has asked the Department of Commerce to carry out an
     investigation into the electrical supply at Normanhurst Public School. The Department of Education and
     Training will discuss the findings of this investigation with the Principal.

*3317 KU-RING-GAI LOCAL AREA COMMAND—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Police—

     (1) What is the current number of police at the Ku-ring-gai Local Area Command?
     (2) Will this number fall?
     (3) When will this reduction of numbers occur?

     Answer—

     Details of police numbers at Local Area Commands are posted on the NSW Police Internet site,
     www.police.nsw.gov.au.

*3318 CLASSROOM AIR-CONDITIONING—Mrs Hopwood to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) When was the decision taken to re-wire Normanhurst West Public School to enable classrooms to
         be air-conditioned?
     (2) Within what timeframe will this take place?
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     Answer—

     (1) A project to provide an interim upgrade to the power supply at Normanhurst West Public School
         was approved on 11 November 2004.
     (2) The work is scheduled to be completed by the start of Term one, 2005.

*3319 ANIMAL WELFARE—Mr Amery to Minister for Mineral Resources, representing the Minister for
      Primary Industries—

     (1) In relation to enforcement actions under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act by the RSPCA, is
         there any formal protocol in place between the Department of Primary Industries Animal Welfare
         Unit, the RSPCA and the NSW Farmers Association in relation to actions against farmers managing
         livestock affected by drought or other extreme climatic circumstances?
     (2) How much money has been provided to the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations by the
         State Government over the past five years?
     (3) Is the Department of Primary Industries advised of actions taken against farmers for alleged
         breaches of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act?

     Answer—

     (1) No.
     (2) State Government has provided grants to animal welfare organisations of approximately $2.25
         million over the past 5 years.
     (3) Charitable organisations approved under the Act are required to provide me with an annual report
         which summarises enforcement activities undertaken during the year.

*3320 PROPERTY CONVEYANCERS—Mr Amery to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for Commerce—

     (1) How many property conveyancers have been licensed on a yearly basis since legislation was
         changed to allow for the licensing of property conveyancers?
     (2) What is the current number of licensed property conveyancers in New South Wales?

     Answer—

     (1) I am advised that the Office of Fair Trading assumed control of the Conveyancers Licensing Act
         1995 from the Law Society of New South Wales and the Conveyancers Licensing Committee on 30
         June 1996. I am further advised that as at 30 June in each of the following years since 1997 (the
         first full year of administration of conveyancers licences by the Office of Fair Trading), the total
         number of licensed conveyancers under the Conveyancers Licensing Act were:
          30 June 1997 - 84
          30 June 1998 - 126
          30 June 1999 - 158
          30 June 2000 - 241
          30 June 2001 - 298
          30 June 2002 - 357
          30 June 2003 - 423
     (2) I am advised that as at the end of June 2004, Fair Trading had 522 conveyancers licensed under the
         Conveyancers Licensing Act.
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                                    Wednesday 23 February 2005

*3321 WAKOOL SHIRE WATER PROJECTS—Mr Amery to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      (1) How many projects have been completed in the Wakool Shire in relation to the provision of water
          and sewerage to towns in this shire since the election of this Government in 1995?
      (2) What has been the contribution from the State Government for these projects?
      (3) Are there any outstanding projects for this Shire still to be funded from the State Government?
      (4) If so, what are these projects?

      Answer—

      (1)   Five.
      (2)   $2,288,000.
      (3)   Yes.
      (4)   Wakool Sewerage and Wakool Water Supply are still under construction, and the total Government
            expenditure to date is approximately $2.0 million. The balance of Government funds to be paid on
            completion is $412,000.

*3322 OUTBACK EXPLORER TRAIN—Mr Amery to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) What has been the patronage by classification on the “Outback Explorer” train for each month of
          2004?
      (2) How does this compare with the year 2003?
      (3) How much money has been raised by Country Link from this service from:
          (a) sale of tickets
          (b) sale of liquor
          (c) sale of food items
          (d) other goods?
      (4) Have there been any complaints from travellers that the supply of food and beverages had been
          exhausted prior to the completion of a journey?
      (5) If so, what action has been taken to ensure adequate supplies to travellers using this long distance
          service?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      The number of tickets issued for the weekly ‘Outback Explorer’ service between Sydney and Broken Hill
      for January to October in 2003 is:
       2003                 Jan     Feb     Mar      Apr     May      Jun     Jul     Aug      Sept    Oct
       40-50%                222    158     229      371     210      233     313     186       397    327
       Discount
       Free or $2.20         173    121      298     394      363     297     304      291     595      543
       Pensioner
       Excursion
       Ticket
       Full Adult Fare       245    164      189     319      195     324     288      138     280      258
       Total                 640    443      716   1,084      768     854     905      615    1272    1,128
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      The number of tickets issued on the weekly ‘Outback Explorer’ service between Sydney and Broken Hill
      for January to October in 2004 is:
      2004                   Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun      Jul    Aug     Sept     Oct
      40-50% Discount         240    159     236     299     262     173      333    189     283      306
      Free or $2.20
      Pensioner               284     172     285     316     379     309     280     359     424     435
      Excursion Ticket
      Full Adult Fare         242     122     194     381     242     255     335     150     155     202
      Total                   766     453     715     996     883     737     948     698     862     943
      Ticket revenue for the period January 2004 to October 2004 was $452,519.
      Other revenue including for the sale of food and beverages for the period 2003/04 was $110,039.
      CountryLink receives occasional complaints that a customer’s first menu choice was not available.
      CountryLink continually monitors product sales and revenue on all services in order to satisfy demand.
      In addition CountryLink has arrangements in place to replenish stock when necessary at various
      locations en-route.

*3323 BOWLING GRANTS—Mr Amery to Minister for Tourism and Sport and Recreation, and Minister for
      Women—

      (1) How much money has been provided to the Royal New South Wales Bowling Association from
          your portfolio for each of the last five years?
      (2) For what purposes were these grants made?

      Answer—

      The following grants have been allocated over the past five years (2000-01 to 2004-05).
           Sports Development Program:
           (Funding for the Royal NSW Lawn Bowls Association)
                $47,000 pa ----------------------------------------------------------------- $235,000
           Capital Assistance Program:
           (Facility Development Program) 74 projects at various bowling clubs in the state have been funded
           as under:
                2000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- $ 60,358
                2001 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- $113,529
                2002 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- $ 87,076
                2003 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- $ 51,780
                Total------------------------------------------------------------------------- $312,743
           Note: Applications for 2004 are currently under assessment
           International Sporting Events Program:
                2002/03
                      South Pacific Wheelchair Lawn Bowls International -------- $ 5,000
                2003/04
                      South Pacific Wheelchair Lawn Bowls International -------- $ 5,000
                      (Funds were provided to the NSW Disability Bowlers
                      Association, an affiliated body of the Royal NSW
                      Bowling Association)
                2004/05
                      Champion of Champions Singles -------------------------------- $ 10,000
                      (Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club)
           Total      ------------------------------------------------------------------------- $567,743
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                                      Wednesday 23 February 2005

*3324 SCHOOL AIR-CONDITIONING—Mr Kerr to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training,
      and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      How many schools in the Cronulla electorate are air-conditioned?

      Answer—

      As part of the Government’s commitment to air cool all demountable classrooms by June 2005, the
      Department of Education and Training has air cooled six demountable teaching spaces at Burraneer Bay
      Public School and two demountable teaching spaces at Woolooware High School.
      The only other demountable classroom in the electorate (at Lilli Pilli Public School) will be fitted with
      air cooling for the start of Term one, 2005.
      The Department has also air cooled one permanent library at Cronulla High School.

*3325 SUTHERLAND HOSPITAL—Mr Kerr to Minister for Health—

      Regarding Sutherland Hospital:
      (1) How many beds are currently available for use?
      (2) What wards are for use and what are the available bed numbers in each?
      (3) In each ward, what is the main type of patient illness managed?

      Answer—

      (1) to (3) I am advised that the Sutherland Hospital currently has 291 beds and 9 Oncology Chairs for
            use across the 18 wards of the Hospital.

*3326 TICKET SALES—Mr Kerr to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      What were the ticket sales at the following railway stations in 2003-2004 and 2004 to present at:
          (a) Cronulla
          (b) Woolooware
          (c) Caringbah?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      The total number of all tickets issued from Cronulla, Woolooware and Caringbah rail stations:
                Station                              Total 2003-04
                Cronulla                               320,177
                Woolooware                               391,135
                Caringbah                                137,143

                Station                              Total 2004-05*
                Cronulla                                105,999
                Woolooware                               119,657
                Caringbah                                 42,600
                * July to October 2004.
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*3327 OFFICIAL VISITS—Mr Roberts to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

      (1) During your Premiership on what occasions have you officially visited venues in Lane Cove?
      (2) What was the date of each visit, to what venue and what was the reason for the visit?

      Answer—

      The diversion of public resources required to answer this question cannot be justified in the public
      interest.

*3328 STUDENT FERRY TRAVEL—Mr Roberts to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources—

      How many schoolchildren used the ferry service from Lane Cove Local Government Area and Hunters
      Hill Local Government Area during the following years:
            (a) 2001-02
            (b) 2002-03
            (c) 2003-04
            (d) 1 July 2004 to date?

      Answer—

      This question would be more appropriately directed to the Hon Michael Costa MLC, Minister for
      Transport Services, as this matter falls within his area of responsibility.

*3329 PRIVATE FERRY SERVICE—Mr Roberts to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources—

      How many passengers used the private, Matilda run, ferry service from Longueville, Northwood and
      Greenwich in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004 to date?

      Answer—

      This question would be more appropriately directed to the Hon Michael Costa MLC, Minister for
      Transport Services, as this matter falls within his area of responsibility.

*3330 RAIL TRANSIT OFFICERS—Mr Souris to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) Does the Government have a plan to deploy rail transit officers to Newcastle, Wollongong and the
          Blue Mountains?
      (2) Did the Minister for Transport state on 2KO in either late May or early June 2004 that Transit
          Officers would be deployed to outer metropolitan areas of Newcastle, Wollongong and Blue
          Mountains within 3 to 4 months?
      (3) Is the Transit Officer service at full strength? Is the service operated out of Sydney?
      (4) When will the Government establish Transit Officer depots at Newcastle, Wollongong and the
          Blue Mountains and deploy appropriate levels of staff to these depots?
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      Answer—

      I am advised:
      A review of security across the CityRail network undertaken by former NSW Police Assistant
      Commissioner Bruce Johnston in December 2003 recommended intelligence-based deployment of
      security resources.
      That’s why Transit Officers are deployed based on intelligence, targeting hotspots on the CityRail
      network to reduce incidents of crime.
      The deployment of Transit Officers has coincided with a $9 million increase in farebox revenue in 2003-
      04 because of a decrease in fare evasion and a 10 per cent decrease in assault and robberies on the
      CityRail network.
      RailCorp is on target to reach its commitment of 600 Transit Officers patrolling the CityRail network by
      the end of 2004.
      RailCorp has Transit Officer depots at Sydney and Parramatta. Transit Officers are deployed across the
      network in accordance with strategic intelligence and risk management principles.
      Transit Officers are regularly deployed to Newcastle, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.

*3331 VALLEY WATERTABLES—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science
      and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) What studies are held by the Department in respect of the watertable in the Yarramalong and
          Dooralong valleys?
      (2) What controls are in place to prevent contamination of the watertable in the Yarramalong and
          Dooralong valleys?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) These questions should be directed to the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
           Minister for Natural Resources.

*3332 LIGHT TRAFFIC—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      (1) What is the maximum vehicle weight allowed on a road designated as a light traffic only road?
      (2) What procedure must be followed by councils to designate a road as reserved for light traffic only?
      (3) How many roads in NSW were designated as being for light traffic only in:
          (a) 2003
          (b) 2004 up to 30 September?

      Answer—

      (1) The maximum vehicle weight allowed on a light traffic only road is the weight indicated on the sign
          located at the starting point for the restriction. When a No Trucks sign is used without specifying a
          weight, the default maximum weight if the truck is 4.5 tonne Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM). The
          GVM of a vehicle is the maximum loaded mass of the vehicle. However, these restrictions may not
          apply if the driver’s has been issued with an excess weight permit for that route.
      (2) There are currently two reasons for applying a weight restriction on a road. Firstly, to protect the
          road from further damage or secondly, to manage the flow of heavy vehicles in a particular area for
          other purposes, such as noise.
          In the case of protecting the road, the local council has the power under the Roads Act to implement
          the restriction. This can be done by erecting the appropriate signs.
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     (3) When applying a weight restriction to manage the flow of heavy vehicles in an area, the local
         council has the ability to authorise the signs using the powers delegated to them by the Roads and
         Traffic Authority (RTA). This process would require a council to seek the advice of their Local
         Traffic Committee prior to authorising the signs.

*3333 EXPLORATION LICENCES—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Mineral Resources—

     (1) How many licences for methane gas (i) exploration and (ii) extraction are extant in NSW?
     (2) What was the total output of methane gas in NSW in (i) 2003 and (ii) in 2004 up to 30 September?
     (3) (a) What are the names of the companies that hold (i) exploration and (ii) extraction licences for
              methane gas in NSW?
         (b) How many exploration licences does each company hold?
         (c) How many extraction licences does each company hold?
     (4) What was the total of royalties paid to the NSW Government for methane gas extraction in (i) 2003
         and (ii) in 2004 up to 30 September?

     Answer—

     (1) (i)  There are 30 petroleum exploration licences (PEL) and 1 petroleum exploration permit
              (offshore).
         (ii) There are 4 petroleum production leases (PPL).
     (2) (i) 845,705 Million Cubic Feet (MCF)
         (ii) 636,903 MCF
         Note 1 MCF equals 1 Gigajoule.
     (3) (a) See table below.
         (b) See table below.
         (c) See table below.
     (4) Nil royalties in 2003 and in 2004.
         Petroleum Titles
           Type                     Number      Holder
           PEL                          1       Australian Coalbed Methane P/L
           PEL                          2       Sydney Gas Operations P/L
           PEL                          4       Sydney Gas Operations P/L
           PEL                          5       Sydney Gas Operations P/L
           PEL                          6       Eastern Energy Australia P/L
           PEL                          8       Eastern Star Gas Ltd
           PEL                         12       Australian Coalbed Methane P/L
           PEL                         13       Molopo Australia Limited
           PEL                         16       Metgasco P/L
           PEL                        238       Eastern Star Gas Ltd
           PEL                        267       Sydney Gas Operations P/L
           PEL                        285       Molopo Australia Limited & Lucas Coal
           PEL                        419       Go Resources (Aust) P/L
           PEL                        420       Go Resources (Aust) P/L
           PEL                        422       Eastern Star Gas Ltd
           PEL                        424       Eastern Star Gas Ltd
           PEL                        426       Molopo Australia Limited
           PEL                        427       Comet Ridge Limited
           PEL                        428       Strike Oil NL
           PEL                        432       Arrow Energy NL
           PEL                        433       Eastern Star Gas Ltd
           PEL                        434       Eastern Star Gas Ltd
           PEL                        435       Australian Coalbed Methane P/L
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            Type                     Number       Holder
            PEL                        437        Pangea Oil & Gas P/l
            PEL                        440        Magnum Gold NL
            PEL                        441        Sydney Gas Operations P/L
            PEL                        442        Apex Energy NL
            PEL                        443        Harlow Australia P/L
            PEL                        444        Apex Energy NL & Sun Resources NL
            PEL                        445        B.N.G. P/L
            PEP                         11        Bounty Oil & Gas NL
            PPL                          1        Sydney Gas (Camden) Operations P/L
            PPL                          2        Sydney Gas (Camden) Operations P/L
            PPL                          3        Narrabri Power Limited (subsid. of Eastern Star Gas)
            PPL                          4        Sydney Gas (Camden) Operations P/L
            APPLICATIONS
            PELA                          69      Red Sky Exploration Pty Limited
            PELA                          70      Red Sky Exploration Pty Limited
            PELA                          71      Red Sky Exploration Pty Limited
            PELA                          72      Santelle Pty Ltd
            PSPA                          11      Apex Energy, Sun Resources, ACM
            PALA                           2      Endeavour Coal P/L

*3334 PRE-UNLEADED VEHICLES—Mr Merton to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      How many motor vehicles are registered in NSW that were manufactured prior to the introduction of
      unleaded petrol?

      Answer—

      443,745 as at 30 June 2004.

*3335 SCHOOL MAINTENANCE—Mr Merton to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      How much was spent on maintenance for schools in the Baulkham Hills electorate in the years 1995 to
      2003 inclusive?

      Answer—

      Since 1995, the Government has spent in excess of $39.64 million on capital works and maintenance in
      schools in the Baulkham Hills electorate.

                                               19 NOVEMBER 2004

                                                  (Paper No. 111)

*3336 HIGH VOLTAGE TOWERS—ROUSE HILL/RIVERSTONE—Mr Pringle to Minister for Energy and
      Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health
      (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      What is the status of the proposed 40-metre high, high voltage transmission lines proposed for the Rouse
      Hill/Riverstone area?
      Why can’t the lines be placed underground?
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  Answer—

  Integral Energy has advised:
  The proposed upgrade of the transmission line from Vineyard to Rouse Hill is a critical infrastructure
  project that is necessary to meet the needs of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, to ensure the
  security of electricity supply in Sydney’s North West and to avoid future blackouts.
  Integral Energy is undertaking a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the
  possible impact of various route options for the Vineyard to Rouse Hill electrical upgrade project, and is
  undertaking extensive community consultation.
  Integral Energy has appointed Parsons Brinkerhoff to prepare the EIS, which is expected to be placed on
  exhibition in mid to late 2005. As part of the consultation process, Integral Energy is currently seeking
  input from the community and providing feedback on options for the proposed upgrade.
  As part of community consultation processes for the project, Integral Energy has established a
  Community Advisory Group (CAG) that is made up of representatives from interested local groups,
  residents and Integral Energy. The CAG membership is designed to reflect a broad cross-section of the
  community affected by the various route options for the project and to ensure adequate representation
  from interested stakeholders.
  To ensure the independence of this process, Integral Energy has appointed Denise Wilson of Id Planning
  to chair the CAG. Ms Wilson has been involved with other large infrastructure projects such as the M5
  East Air Quality Community Liaison Committee, the Kuringai UTS Redevelopment and the Cross-City
  Tunnel. The CAG members are:
       1. Ms Denise Wilson              Chairperson, ID Planning
       2. Councillor Leo Kelly          Mayor, Blacktown City Council
       3. Mr Robert Scott               Blacktown City Council
       4. Mr Jonathan O’Brien           representing the Anti Transmission Tower Above Ground Group
                                        (ATTAG)
       5. Mr Michael Croghan            representing the Vineyard Riverstone Marsden Park Developments
                                        Inc (the Scheduled lands)
       6. Mr Mark Robertson             representing residents in flood affected land
       7. Mr David Gordon               representing Integral Energy’s Customer Consultative Committee
       8. Mr Robert Moore               representing Integral Energy
            Mr Ty Christopher
  Integral Energy is in the process of seeking a further community member to represent residents and
  owners along Schofields Road, Railway Terrace and Riverstone Parade on the CAG.
  The first meeting of the CAG was held on 9 November 2004 when meetings for 30 November, 11 and 14
  December were confirmed. Further meetings will be scheduled during 2005 and will continue to be held
  regularly throughout the project.
  In response to community suggestions, comments and concerns, Integral Energy has expanded the
  number of route options and designs to include several overhead as well as underground alternatives.
  Since the costs of undergrounding the transmission line is estimated to be significantly higher than the
  cost of the overhead options, Integral Energy has commissioned an Independent Cost Report to examine
  the costs of 12 different options for the upgrade. The objective of the cost report, being conducted by
  Maunsell Australia Pty Ltd, will be to obtain community input into the current options and to refine these
  down to five or six for further detailed consideration in the EIS. The Independent Cost Report will be
  completed in the next few weeks and be included in the EIS report. These options are agenda items to be
  thoroughly discussed at meetings of the CAG.
  Integral Energy has consistently indicated that the final route selection and design for the electrical
  upgrade will consider a balance of financial impact, community concerns, government policy and the
  environmental impacts associated with the proposal.
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                                     Wednesday 23 February 2005

*3337 CITYRAIL FLEET SAFETY DOORS—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       What percentage of the CityRail suburban and inter-urban fleet have been fitted with yellow safety
       doors?
       When will the program be completed?

       Answer—

       I am advised:
       RailCorp is progressively painting the outside of train doors yellow in order to enhance rolling stock
       accessibility for people with a visual impairment, and door visibility in general.
       To date 713 cars, or 45 per cent of the CityRail fleet has been modified to include yellow train doors. Of
       these cars 345 have all-yellow doors, with the remaining 368 having the full height vertical yellow stripe
       near the leading edge of each door.
       It is expected the remaining CityRail cars will be fitted with all-yellow doors by the end of 2008.
       In addition the new Outer Suburban Cars and the 14 new Hunter Valley Rail Cars will be delivered with
       all-yellow doors, which will also be a requirement for the 498 new air-conditioned cars to be delivered as
       part of the $1.5 billion PPP.

*3338 PUTTY ROAD SIGNAGE—Mr Pringle to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

       Noting the recent road fatality in Wilberforce, will the RTA investigate installing signage along Putty
       Road and other major road arteries to alert motorists that they are now entering an agricultural area and
       can expect heavy vehicles turning on and off the road?

       Answer—

       An inspection of the subject section of Putty Road by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) revealed
       that the existing speed limit and curve-warning signposting is adequate. Motorists travelling on the road
       network are required to abide by the posted speed zone at all times. Speed limits are applied to roads to
       ensure that the speed of travel is compatible with roadside development, road conditions and the use of
       those roads by pedestrians.
       Heavy vehicles constantly turn onto and off the road network in many different road environments. It
       would not be feasible for the RTA to proliferate the road network with signposting indicating the
       transition from one road environment to another.

*3339 NORTHERN BEACHES HOSPITAL—Mr Hazzard to Minister for Health—

       Since 1999, what reviews have been undertaken by the Department of Health to determine a new site for
       a new Northern Beaches Hospital?
       Who undertook each review, what was the cost and what were the recommendations?

       Answer—

       I am advised by the Northern Sydney Area Health Services that during 1999 and 2000 a review of health
       services in the Northern Sydney area was carried out that resulted in a Strategic Resources Plan. That
       plan recommended the reconfiguration of services across the Area and, in particular, the consolidation of
       acute services to a site near the centre of the population on the Northern Beaches.
       A high level preliminary investigation of various localities and sites was one of the many planning
       activities involved in preparing the Procurement Feasibility Plan for the Northern Beaches, which was
       managed by Northern Sydney Health staff with expert input from consultants where necessary.
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     In 2003-04 the Government allocated $200,000 for site identification for the new Northern Beaches
     Hospital. A further allocation in 2004-05 of $500,000 was made for the site identification process,
     review of health services planning across the sector and for community and stakeholder consultation. As
     at 30 November 2004, this funding has facilitated a number of activities, including high-level multiple
     site identification and analysis, and detailed site investigation work on the preferred site (due diligence),
     including development potential, geotechnical, heritage, traffic, environmental and land survey studies.
     Northern Sydney Health has also been progressing the health services planning activities required to
     determine the detail of new hospital facilities.

*3340 POLICE STATION ACCESSIBILITY—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     (1) What is the current accessibility status of NSW Police stations for people with disabilities?
     (2) What plans does the Government have to make police stations accessible to people with disabilities?

     Answer—

     NSW Police has advised me:
     (1) and (2) NSW Police has hundreds of Police Stations with varying degrees of disability access.
         Current Government disability access requirements are being incorporated into the building design
         as buildings are progressively upgraded.

*3341 POLICE FACILITIES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     (1) Which police stations or centres are operated as shop fronts?
     (2) Which police stations or centres are in 24-hour operation?

     Answer—

     NSW Police advises me:
     (1) A review into shop front police facilities is currently underway.
     (2) The operating hours of police stations are a matter for the Local Area Commander. However I am
         advised that operating hours at police facilities may vary in accordance with operational
         requirements.

*3342 COMMISSIONED POLICE OFFICERS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     In relation to your meeting with commissioned police officers in Parliament House in October:
     (1) Did senior officers request the meeting with you?
     (2) What specific policing issues were discussed?
     (3) What were the specific outcomes from discussions on these policing issues?
     (4) Have further meetings been planned and if so, when and on whose instigation?

     Answer—

     I meet with Commissioned police officers on an almost daily basis, including at Parliament House. The
     Member for Vaucluse will have to be more specific.

*3343 BRISBANE WATERS SECONDARY COLLEGE—Mrs Skinner to Deputy Premier, Minister for
      Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) When will the Government’s promise to provide $20m for the development of Brisbane Waters
         Secondary College, Woy Woy and Umina campuses be fulfilled?
     (2) Why have numerous facilities signed off by the community in the original master plan been
         dropped?
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      (3) Will you respond to the Chairperson of the Brisbane Waters Secondary College Steering Committee
          who has written to you advising that they are deeply concerned and distressed that their trust has
          been misplaced?

      Answer—

      (1) In 2001, the NSW Government indicated that an amount in the order of $20 million would be
          allocated over a four year period to staged upgrade projects across Brisbane Water Secondary
          College and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary Colleges. To date, $18.838 million has been spent and
          allocated over the two colleges.
      (2) The Department has developed the scope of works for the multi-million dollar upgrade of Brisbane
          Water Secondary College, Woy Woy and Umina Campuses, by identifying and evaluating a range
          of possible improvements on each site and identifying priorities in consultation with the school
          community. These improvements have been endorsed by the College Principal.
      (3) Yes, a response has been forwarded to Mr Graf.

*3344 AFTER HOURS STAFF ACCESS—Ms Seaton to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources—

      (1) How many staff of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR)
          office in Parramatta entered the building over the weekend of 6-7 November 2004?
      (2) Did any staff undertake shredding of documents on that weekend?
      (3) Is the Independent Commission Against Corruption conducting any investigations or hearings into
          management matters in DIPNR?

      Answer—

      (1) 12.
      (2) No.
      (3) Not as far as the Department is aware.

*3345 AREA HEALTH SERVICES AMALGAMATION—Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

      In relation to the amalgamation of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast Area Health Services to
      form the new Northern Area Health Service:
      (1) Will the new Area Health Service retain any presence in Port Macquarie?
      (2) If so, what will this presence comprise?
      (3) If not, how will communities in the southern part of the new area (eg Hastings, Kempsey,
           Nambucca shires) access the new Area Health Service?
      (4) How many Area Health Service positions will be removed from Port Macquarie?
      (5) How will the staff who occupied these positions be managed?
      (6) What will happen to accommodation, vehicles and other resources and facilities associated with any
           reduction in Area Health Service positions in Port Macquarie?

      Answer—

      (1) to (5) I am advised that the positions and numbers of staff who will be working out of the North
          Coast Area Health Service Office at Port Macquarie will be determined after the third and fourth
          tier positions have been finalised.
      (6) The Area Health Service is required to ensure that resources such as accommodation, vehicles and
          facilities currently at Port Macquarie are utilised in the most effective and economical manner.
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*3346 AREA HEALTH SERVICES—Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

     In relation to changes to the structure of Area Health Services and associated consultative arrangements:
     (1) How will health consumers access advice on community related health issues, complaints etc, given
          that community participation forums have been disbanded and there is no replacement peak
          consumer body?
     (2) Why do the criteria for consumer representative nominations to the new Advisory Boards require
          only an ability to represent consumer interests, rather than experience in the consumer health field,
          unlike the experience based criteria for other positions on the advisory boards?

     Answer—

     (1) Under the provisions of the Health Services Amendment Act 2004, each new Area Health Service
         will establish an Area Health Advisory Council comprising community representatives and
         clinicians. These Councils will provide input directly to the Area Chief Executive on ways to
         improve health services in the Area. These Councils will work with existing groups such as local
         community participation forums and will not replace them.
          At the State level, the Health Care Advisory Council is being established as the new peak
          community and clinical advisory group comprising clinical, academic, community and consumer
          experts. The Council will be informed by 13 Health Priority Taskforces to specifically focus
          attention on particular health challenges such as Aboriginal health, rural health and acute care. The
          Health Care Advisory Council will meet with the Area Health Advisory Councils twice yearly to
          discuss common issues from across the state.
          I can advise that Clinical Governance Units are being introduced in Area Health Services to
          coordinate the local management of clinical incidents and complaints and to strengthen quality and
          safety systems.
     (2) All applicants for Area Health Advisory Council positions must meet the same skills-based criteria.
         Additional criteria have been set for Chairs.

                                               7 DECEMBER 2004

                                                 (Paper No. 112)

*3347 AIR COOLING PROGRAM—WINDSOR SOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOL—Mr Pringle to Deputy Premier,
      Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     In view of the extreme temperatures recently in the Hawkesbury and the Minister’s commitment to air-
     conditioning schools with greater than 30°C mean January temperatures, will the Minister now fund the
     electrical upgrade required so that the Windsor South Public School P&C can install air-conditioners in
     all classrooms?

     Answer—

     I am advised that an officer of the Department’s Asset Management Unit has discussed this matter with
     the school’s principal and the principal is aware of the school’s responsibilities when installing air
     conditioning units that may impact the use of electricity at the school.

*3348 COLO HIGH SCHOOL AIR-CONDITIONING—Mr Pringle to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education
      and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     Noting the Minister’s commitment to air cool classrooms in the hotter parts of the state down to “30
     degrees Celsius mean January temperatures”, will the Minister now air-condition the classrooms at Colo
     High which had a mean January temperature in 2004 of 31.4°C and in February 31.6°C?
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      Answer—

      I am advised that the Department of Education and Training’s records indicate that the mean maximum
      Janu

      treated, it is not possible to consider the provision of air cooling in permanent accommodation in schools
      outside target areas at this stage.

*3349 HAWKESBURY-NEPEAN CATCHMENT AUTHORITY OFFICE—Mr Pringle to Minister for
      Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural Resources—

      Noting that the tenancy of the Windsor office of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management
      Authority has been under active consideration, what is the result of that consideration?

      Answer—

      The HNCMA is not considering relocating from Windsor.

*3350 AUTHORISED POLICE STRENGTHS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

      In relation to authorised police strengths:
      (1) When was the last review of regional police stations’ strengths and in particular those in coastal
           areas which have experienced significant population growth?
      (2) If, as stated in the NSW Auditor-General’s Report Volume 4 on page 255, the number of NSW
           police staff and the percentage of operational staff are below the national average, by what rationale
           is this service adequate?

      Answer—

      NSW Police has advised me:
      (1) NSW Police continually monitor and analyse workload and other policing data to ensure the
          equitable distribution of policing strengths.
      (2) National staffing comparisons need to be viewed in the context of the specific policing requirements
          of each State. A wide range of local factors such as demographics, the use of technology and the
          role played by civilian support staff, all impact on resourcing issues.

*3351 STRICKLAND HOUSE—Mr Debnam to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

      What are the arrangements for an ongoing resident caretaker at Strickland House after December 2004?

      Answer—

      I am advised that recruitment action is in progress to identify a suitable replacement for the current
      caretaker who is due to retire in January 2005.

*3352 MENDOORAN WATER SUPPLY—Mr Souris to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      (1) When will the village of Mendooran in the Shire of Warrumbungle receive funding to construct
          water supply and treatment upgrades?
      (2) What is the present ranking for the project on a statewide basis under the Country Towns Water
          Supply and Sewerage Program?
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      (3) What is the present status of the village’s water supply in respect of meeting or failing national
          guidelines for drinking water?
      (4) Approximately how many days each year does the water supply fail to meet the guidelines?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) Under the revised conditions of the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program,
          financial assistance is allocated on a priority basis. To facilitate this I have established an
          interagency prioritisation committee to determine priorities for the allocation of Program funds.
          Priority rankings are assigned to all proposed projects on the basis of security of supply, public
          health and environmental impacts.
           The interagency prioritisation committee has recommended an increase in the ranking for
           Mendooran. However, the priority rankings have not yet been finalised.
           Once priority rankings have been finalised Warrumbungle Shire Council will be advised if and to
           what extent government financial assistance can be provided for this project.
      (3) The existing water supply at Mendooran comprises a river intake, storage reservoir, chlorination
          system and a water reticulation system. It is likely that the water quality in Mendooran may
          sometimes fail to meet health guidelines as it is a non filtered river source.
      (4) Council is responsible for taking samples for water quality testing.

*3353 VALES POINT POWER STATION—Mr Souris to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister
      Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      (1) For how many days of the 2004 calendar year has Vales Point Power Station generated electricity?
      (2) What is the policy regarding the operation or non-operation of Vales Point Power Station?
      (3) If the use of Vales Point Power Station is determined by commercial consideration of Delta Energy,
          what are these or any other non-commercial considerations?
      (4) Does the NSW Government have a policy of zero particle emissions from coal-fired power stations
          in NSW?
      (5) When will electro-static particle precipitators be fitted to Vales Point Power Station?
      (6) What is the Government’s policy for the future of Vales Point Power Station?

      Answer—

      (1) Vales Point Power Station has been in service every day of the 2004 calendar year to 16 December
          2004.
      (2) Vales Point Power Station is an integral part of Delta Electricity’s electricity generation portfolio
          with its operation determined by commercial considerations and is dispatched by the market
          operator, NEMMCO.
      (3) Vales Point Power Station is required to generate sufficient electricity to, with the rest of the
          portfolio, ensure reliability of supply and provide an acceptable commercial return for Delta
          Electricity.
      (4) No.
      (5) Electrostatic precipitators were fitted to each of the two Vales Point Power Station units when they
          were constructed in the 1970’s and are still in service on those units.
      (6) The current expected operating life of Vales Point Power Station is at least a further 20 years.

*3354 WORKCOVER INSPECTORS—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for Commerce, representing the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for
      Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast—

      (1) (a) How many inspectors were employed by WorkCover as at 30 November 2004?
          (b) How many inspectors were employed by WorkCover in 1995-96?
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      (2) (a) What was the salary range applicable to WorkCover inspectors as at 30 November 2004?
          (b) What was the salary range applicable to WorkCover inspectors in 1995-96?
      (3) (a) What was the average number of daily inspections/workplace attendances by WorkCover
              inspectors for the year ending 30 November 2004?
          (b) What was the average number of daily inspections/workplace attendances by WorkCover
              inspectors for the year 1995-96?
      (4) (a) How many workplace inspectors took sick/stress leave in the year ending 30 November 2004?
          (b) How many workplace inspectors took sick/stress leave in the year 1995-96?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) WorkCover currently has 301 Inspector positions. WorkCover had an average of 261
           Inspectors employed throughout 1995/96.
           The salary range applicable to WorkCover Inspectors as at 30 November 2004 was in accordance
           with the relevant award, and in 1995/96 was in accordance with the relevant Enterprise Agreement.
           WorkCover Inspectors undertake a range of comprehensive education and enforcement activities,
           and provide advice and assistance to the employers and workers of New South Wales in a variety of
           ways, including telephone contact, complaint investigations, random workplace visits, targeted
           compliance activities and education initiatives.
           General sick leave entitlements of WorkCover Inspectors are in accordance with the Crown
           Employees (Conditions of Employment) Award 2002 along with additional entitlements under the
           Crown Employees (WorkCover – Inspectors) Award.

*3355 WORKCOVER LEGAL SERVICES—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting
      the Minister for Commerce, representing the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister
      for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast—

      (1) How much was spent on outsourced legal services by WorkCover NSW for the year ending 30 June
          2004?
      (2) What was the total budget of WorkCover NSW legal department including employee-related costs
          for the year ending 30 June 2004?
      (3) How much was spent on outsourced legal services by WorkCover NSW for the year ending 30 June
          2003?
      (4) What was the total budget of WorkCover NSW legal department including employee-related costs
          for the year ending 30 June 2003?
      (5) What were the total legal costs incurred by WorkCover NSW in respect of the application by Anne
          Gardiner to the Industrial Relations Commission?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) During the year ending 30 June 2004, WorkCover spent $5,010,339 on outsourced legal
          services, while the total budget for WorkCover’s Legal Group, including employee-related costs,
          was $7,882,181. During the same period, WorkCover completed 399 successful prosecutions for
          breaches of occupational health and safety legislation, representing a success rate of 95 percent,
          with Court awarded fines for these breaches totalling $13.3 million.
      (3) and (4) During the year ending 30 June 2003 WorkCover spent $4,909,453 on outsourced legal
          services, while the total budget for WorkCover’s Legal Group, including employee-related costs,
          was $5,399,288. During the same period, WorkCover completed 443 successful prosecutions for
          breaches of occupational health and safety legislation, representing a success rate of 96 percent,
          with Court awarded fines for these breaches totalling $13 million.
      (5) $108,786.
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*3356 BLACKTOWN WORKCOVER OFFICE—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for Commerce, representing the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce,
      Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast—

      (1) How many staff are engaged at the Blacktown office of WorkCover?
      (2) How many staff are engaged at the Londonderry office of WorkCover?
      (3) Is there any proposal to close or downsize the Blacktown office?

      Answer—

      (1) Twenty.
      (2) Forty-nine.
      (3) No.

*3357 AIR-CONDITIONING—Mr J.H. Turner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1)   Is it proposed to provide air-conditioning to Chatham High School Special Support Unit?
      (2)   If so, has funding been allocated to provide such air-conditioning?
      (3)   If not, why not?
      (4)   If funding has been provided, when will the air-conditioning be installed?
      (5)   If there is a delay in any installation, why is there a delay?

      Answer—

      (1) to (5) Air conditioning will be installed in the Special Support Unit during the 2004 summer vacation
            at a total estimated cost of $10,000.

*3358 FAILFORD ROAD—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      (1) Is the Failford Road the preferred Roads and Traffic Authority access to the towns of Forster-
          Tuncurry?
      (2) Is it proposed to change the intersection of the Pacific Highway and the Failford Road at Failford?
      (3) If so, what are the specific plans for the intersection?
      (4) If so, will heavy vehicles, including articulated vehicles and B Double trucks be able to negotiate a
          right-hand turn from the Pacific Highway into the Failford Road?
      (5) If not, why not?
      (6) If not, how will such vehicles access Forster-Tuncurry?

      Answer—

      (1) The preferred access to the towns of Forster/Tuncurry is via Failford Road and the Lakes Way for
          northbound traffic using the Pacific Highway.
      (2) Yes, the intersection is to be improved as part of the current project to upgrade the Highway
          between Bundacree Creek and Possum Brush.
      (3) As detailed in the Environmental Impact Statement, the intersection is to be upgraded to a ‘seagull’
          layout. Northbound traffic on the Highway will be able to turn right into Failford Road, southbound
          traffic will be able to make a left turn into Failford Road. Traffic from Failford Road to St Peters
          Close will not be permitted, and traffic from St Peters Close will be restricted to left-in, left-out to
          the Highway.
      (4) Yes, all vehicles will be able to turn right from the Pacific Highway into Failford Road.
      (5) and (6) Not applicable.
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*3359 APARTMENTS ABOVE RAILWAY LINES—Ms Berejiklian to Minister for Infrastructure and
      Planning, and Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister
      for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      In relation to the recent report released to RailCorp raising concerns about the safety of apartments built
      above railway lines:
      (1) What action has been taken to analyse the recommendations of the report in relation to the three
           towers proposed at Chatswood?
      (2) What action will be taken to revise current plans in response to the concerns raised?
      (3) Will any analysis undertaken be released to the public to allay existing community concerns?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      The report by Arnold Dix is about development around the rail corridor.
      The report does not rule out all development over rail lines.
      The report identifies issues that must be considered before any development above rail lines occurs.
      RailCorp is satisfied the issues raised in the report have been addressed in relation to the proposed new
      Transport Interchange and associated development at Chatswood.
      The new Transport Interchange and related development at Chatswood will meet all appropriate
      Australian and RailCorp engineering and safety standards.

*3360 BIKEPLAN 2010—Ms Berejiklian to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      In relation to Bikeplan 2010:
      (1) What progress has been made in the electorate of Willoughby in relation to the plan?
      (2) Will Bikeplan 2010 be delivered on time?
      (3) Will sections of Bikeplan 2010 within the electorate of Willoughby be completed on time?

      Answer—

      (1) There are 4 projects listed in the Bicycle Masterplan of BikePlan 2010 that are expected to affect the
          State Electoral District of Willoughby as follows:
                Chatswood – Harbour Bridge;
                Chatswood – Gladesville;
                Lane Cove – Chatswood and
                Rail Trail, Chatswood – Turramurra.
          The Status of each project follows:
          Chatswood – Harbour Bridge
          The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) commissioned North Sydney Council to undertake detailed
          design of the section of route between Burton Street, Milsons Point and Ernest Street, Cammeray.
          This was undertaken to ensure that issues within that area could be appropriately dealt with before
          progressing further north. During the design process the Lane Cove Tunnel Project was announced
          and the cycleway provisions from that project, between Artarmon Oval and Merrenburn Avenue,
          Naremburn, needed to be connected to ensure continuity of the regional route. In July 2003 a
          revision of the proposed cycleway route was also undertaken for a the section between St Leonards
          Park and Chatswood Railway Station. A section of the route between Nelson Street and Boundary
          Street, Chatswood is to be provided as part of the Epping to Chatswood rail link project. The
          delivery of this cycleway route has been changed to ensure a coordinated delivery by the end of
          2008.
          Chatswood – Gladesville
          Feasibility and concept development of a cycling route between Cambridge Road, Drummoyne and
          Chatswood Railway recently commenced. Completion of the investigations and the final report are
          expected by April 2005. At this Stage, the Willoughby section of this particular cycleway is
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           anticipated to be along the route being provided by the Epping to Chatswood Rail Line project,
           Lane Cove Tunnel project and the Chatswood to Harbour Bridge cycleway.
           Lane Cove – Chatswood
           While route development has yet to be undertaken, the Lane Cove to Chatswood cycleway project
           is expected to be completed before the end of 2008.
           Rail Trail, Chatswood – Turramurra
           The Chatswood to Turramurra Rail Trail has a delivery expectation before the end of 2010. Route
           development is also yet to be undertaken.
      (2) By the end of the 2004 calendar year the RTA will have delivered many cycleway projects,
          including those listed in BikePlan 2010. The Government expectes all projects listed in BikePlan
          2010 to be delivered by 2010.
      (3) Those sections of the cycle routes associated with the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link project, Lane
          Cove Tunnel project and the Chatswood to Harbour Bridge cycleway will be completed by 2008.

*3361 HOUSING PROPERTIES—Mr Stoner to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      In relation to Department of Housing properties in Broken Hill, Dubbo, Bathurst, Queanbeyan, Tweed
      Heads and Tamworth:
      (1) How many houses have been vandalised/burnt/damaged in each of these towns in the past 6
            months?
      (2) What is the total cost of the repairs to these damaged properties in each town?

      Answer—

                  Broken Hill       Dubbo        Bathurst      Queanbeyan      Tweed Heads       Tamworth
      (1)             4              127           71              3               Nil               3
      (2)            $501          $98,358       $17,573         $3,630           N/A             $13,033

*3362 HOSPITAL INCIDENTS—Mr Maguire to Minister for Health—

      What plans do you have to address “critical incident stress management” after major incidents occurring
      at hospitals?

      Answer—

      I am advised that NSW Health has policies in place to deal with critical incidents. For example, the
      “Effective Incident Response: A Framework for Prevention and Management in the Health Workplace”
      assists Health Services to minimise the potential for incidents to occur and to develop a planned response
      to incidents if and when they occur.
      In addition, the “Disaster Mental Health Response Manual” provides up-to-date knowledge and guidance
      about how to assist with normal recovery processes after a disaster, as well as assisting those in need of
      specific mental health interventions. It also identifies mental health consultation, advice and expertise
      which may assist and inform the disaster response generally.

*3363 MATERNITY UNIT—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      (1) How many maternity beds and cots are currently available (not only those presently occupied) at
          Hornsby Hospital?
      (2) How many will be available in the new maternity unit on the Hornsby Hospital site?
      (3) When will these be available?
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     Answer—

     (1) to (3) The Northern Sydney Area Health Service advises that the new Maternity Unit for Hornsby
           Hospital has been designed to cater for the expected demand for maternity services at the Hospital
           and will include 14 inpatient beds, 1 mothercraft inpatient bed, 1 inpatient bereavement bed and 3
           day stay places. I am advised that these are scheduled to be available mid-2006.
           The Health Service have advised that during 2003-04, the average daily bed occupancy in the
           maternity unit at Hornsby Hospital was 10.1.

*3364 COMPUTER ROLL-OUT—Mrs Hopwood to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) Will schools (including Asquith Boys High School) in the Hornsby electorate that did not receive
         new roll-out computers in 2004 but will receive new computers in 2005, receive both 2004 and
         2005 computers and not just one year’s, i.e. the 2005, allocation?
     (2) If yes, which schools?
     (3) If not, which schools will not receive both years’ allocation?

     Answer—

     (1) to (3) Schools, including Asquith Boys High School, were advised on 17 December 2004, via an
           individualised email message, of their Technology for Learning program entitlements and options
           for 2005.

*3365 LICENCE ASSESSORS—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

     Does the Roads and Traffic Authority monitor, for each accredited truck licence assessor, the crash
     record and offence record of each truck driver receiving a licence as a result of that assessor’s assessment
     and the personal crash and road offence record of the assessor?

     Answer—

     Applications for a light rigid, medium rigid, heavy combination licence class may be tested by the Roads
     and Traffic Authority (RTA) or be assessed through the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment
     (CBA) system. Assessors accredited by the RTA deliver the CBA system. The CBA system was
     introduced in 1996 to help improve the standard of newly licenced heavy vehicle drivers and to ensure
     that they are competent in a wide range of skills such as driving a loaded vehicle on the open highway,
     coupling and uncoupling of trailers.
     The RTA monitors and audits the performance of RTA resting officers and CBA assessors to ensure the
     quality and integrity of service delivery. This can include monitoring of pass rates, desk-top audits and in
     vehicle monitoring and auditing of the final competency assessment. The in vehicle audit is conducted by
     a trained RTA auditor, who accompanies both the driver and the assessor in the vehicle during the final
     driving test to assess the competency of the driver and the skills imparted by the assessor. If during an
     audit of a final assessment the driver is found to be not competent in driving skills, such as gear
     changing, earlier marked as competent by a CBA assessor, the driver is not issued with a licence and
     appropriate action is taken to ensure the assessor complies with the relevant standards in the future.
     In addition, the RTA requires CBA assessors to hold a current driving instructor licence issued under the
     Driving Instructors Act 1992 and Regulations 2003. The legislation requires an applicant for an
     instructor’s licence to undergo a range of police checks and to be a fit and proper person to hold such a
     licence. When an instructor comes to the attention of the RTA because of their traffic record, driving
     behaviours or any misconduct, disciplinary action is instigated under the Act and appropriate action
     taken. Should their driver licence be cancelled or suspended, this sanction is also carried over to the
     instructor licence.
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      The RTA does not record the crash and offence records of individual drivers to monitor the performance
      of the assessors as there may be many factors that contribute to these events and they would primarily
      occur during unsupervised driving.

*3367 CRONULLA RAILWAY STATION—Mr Kerr to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) Has the State Transit Authority (STA) held discussions with any external individual or organisation
          regarding the future of STA in Cronulla?
      (2) If so, with whom?
      (3) What are the Government’s plans in relation to Cronulla Railway Station?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      (1) and (2) No. The State Transit Authority does not operate services to or in Cronulla.
      (3) As part of the Government’s $1 billion Rail Clearways program, the Cronulla branch line will be
            duplicated at an estimated cost of $145 million by 2008. This project will improve services for
            passengers at Cronulla Station by increasing capacity during peak periods.

*3368 ROADS AND TRAFFIC AUTHORITY LICENCES—Mr Aplin to Minister for Roads, and Minister for
      Housing—

      (1) Are you aware of the anomaly whereby marriage certificates issued by churches and celebrants in
          New South Wales are not accepted by the Roads and Traffic Authority for change of name
          purposes but similar certificates issued in Victoria are accepted?
      (2) When will steps be taken to remove this anomaly by reaching an agreement with the relevant
          Victorian agency to check records?

      Answer—

      (1) A drivers licence is a key proof of identity (POI) document widely used and accepted in our
          community for a variety of transactions.
          The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) takes very seriously its responsibility at law and to the
          community to ensure the security and authenticity of drivers licences. Numerous steps have been
          undertaken in recent years to tighten security, including upgraded computer systems and new
          licences with additional unique security features.
          Since March 2002, the RTA has adopted, as part of its process of fraud control, a policy of
          accepting only a Marriage Certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
          (BDM). This is because the Marriage Certificate issued by BMD contains security features and is
          capable of being validated on line, for the BDM database by the RTA.
          While the RTA does not question the sincerity of celebrants in their concern that a Marriage
          Certificate issued by them or a church should be sufficient, nor the personal significance of these
          documents to married couples, they remain more susceptible to the possibility of misuse by
          unscrupulous persons. Both the BMD and the RTA have publicised the need for a Government
          issued Marriage Certificate among civil and religious marriage celebrants and driver licence
          holders, for POI purposes.
      (2) Steps are being taken to apply a similar requirement for Marriage Certificates issued in Victoria.
          The licensing authorities of all the States and Territories have drafted a set of national POI
          standards, which includes the same requirements for accepting only marriage certificates issued by
          the relevant registrar. The RTA intends to implement the change as soon as an on-line certificate
          validation service becomes progressively available among the other States and Territory registrars.
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*3369 DIALYSIS UNIT FOR COROWA DISTRICT HOSPITAL—Mr Aplin to Minister for Health—

     (1) Are you aware that patients in the Corowa area have to access the dialysis unit at Wangaratta in
         Victoria when requiring regular treatment?
     (2) How many patients are required to travel to Wangaratta and other centres for dialysis?
     (3) Will consideration be given to establishing a dialysis unit at the Corowa District Hospital?

     Answer—

     (1) to (3) I am advised that there are currently 2 patients receiving dialysis treatment with a further
           patient to commence in early 2005.
           Greater Murray Area Health Service currently provides funding for patients of Corowa to access
           dialysis services in Wangaratta and Wodonga. I am advised that the Area Health Service has held
           consultation meetings with patients to discuss the current arrangements for receiving dialysis
           treatment. All patients identified that they were satisfied with the current arrangements. The Area
           Health Service will not establish a dialysis unit in Corowa while there are two services in close
           proximity providing quality care.

*3370 STUDENT/COMPUTER RATIO—Mrs Skinner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) Under the current Government computer in schools program, what is the policy in relation to
         student/computer ratio?
     (2) What is the average student/computer ratio currently?
     (3) Under the Government’s new computer program what will the average student/computer ratio be in
         2005, 2006 and 2007?

     Answer—

     (1) to (3) Schools were advised on 17 December 2004, via an individualised email message, of their
           Technology for Learning (T4L) program entitlements and options for 2005. All schools will receive
           an allocation in 2005.

*3371 EXAM ASSISTANCE—Mrs Skinner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     How many students required reader and/or writer assistance at the School Certificate and Higher School
     Certificate examinations in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004?

     Answer—

     Schools may apply on behalf of students for special examination provisions such as readers and/or
     writers for the School Certificate (SC) tests and Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations.
     Applications open at the end of the year prior to the students presenting for the SC tests or HSC
     examinations.
     The approval of the examination provision of a reader depends upon the student meeting the Board of
     Studies’ criteria. Consideration is given to the reading test results provided by the school and the teacher
     comments from various courses regarding the need for the reader.
     The approval of the examination provision of a writer also depends upon the student meeting the Board
     of Studies’ criteria. Two, timed student work samples and teacher comments from various courses are
     considered. Any additional evidence such as occupational therapists’ reports or pediatrician’s reports is
     also considered.
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*3372 TEACHERS' LEAVE—Mrs Skinner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) How many teachers employed in NSW Government schools were:
         (a) granted stress leave in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and for how many days in each year?
         (b) granted sick leave in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and for how many days in each year?
     (2) How many made Workcover claims for sickness and injury relating to the workplace in 2002, 2003
         and 2004 and how much were they awarded?

     Answer—

     (1) and (2) The Government has introduced a range of programs to support teachers including the
          Employee Assistance Program. The Department of Education and Training will continue to meet its
          obligations to ensure the workplace remains safe.

*3373 MOTOR ACCIDENTS—ST HELENA HILL—Mr Page to Minister for Roads, and Minister for
      Housing—

     (1) How many recorded accidents occurred on the section of Pacific Highway at St Helena Hill where
         the divider has now been installed:
         (a) in the 12-month period prior to 7 December 2003?
         (b) in the 12-month period following 7 December 2003?
     (2) How many fatalities occurred in that area:
         (a) in the 12-month period prior to 7 December 2003?
         (b) in the 12-month period following 7 December 2003?
     (3) Apart from the installation of “dividers” on 7 December 2003, has any work been carried out on the
         camber of road in the 12 months:
         (a) prior to 7 December 2003?
         (b) after 7 December 2003?

     Answer—

     (1) (a) In the 12 month period prior to 7 December 2003 there were seven (7) recorded crashes on the
             Pacific Highway at St Helena Hill.
         (b) Between 7 December 2003 and 8 December 2004, there was one crash. (2004 data is
             provisional).
     (2) (a) There was one recorded fatality on the Pacific Highway at St Helena Hill recorded in the 12
             month period prior to 7 December 2003.
         (b) In the 12 month period following 7 December 2003 there have been no recorded fatalities.
             (2004 data is provisional).
     (3) (a) The Roads and Traffic Authority undertook a survey of this section of the Pacific Highway.
             The Highway geometry including the cross-fall was found to conform to acceptable design
             parameters.
         (b) No. However, on 6 December 2004 the northbound speed zone was reduced from 100km/h to
             80km/h to reduce travel speed especially in wet weather and to align with the existing
             southbound speed zone.

*3374 MOTOR ACCIDENTS—ST HELENA HILL—Mr Page to Minister for Police—

     (1) How many recorded accidents occurred on the section of Pacific Highway at St Helena Hill where
         the divider has now been installed:
         (a) in the 12-month period prior to 7 December 2003?
         (b) in the 12-month period following 7 December 2003?
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      (2) How many fatalities occurred in that area:
          (a) in the 12-month period prior to 7 December 2003?
          (b) in the 12-month period following 7 December 2003?

      Answer—

      I am advised that motor vehicle accident statistics are maintained by the Roads and Traffic Authority. I
      refer the Honourable Member to the Minister for Roads, within whose portfolio the Authority resides.


                                               8 DECEMBER 2004

                                                  (Paper No. 113)

*3375 STATION REFORM PROPOSAL—Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) Does the Minister intend to implement the Station Reform Proposal which will significantly reduce
          the number of Station Managers in the CityRail network?
      (2) What is the proposed voluntary redundancy package for displaced employees?
      (3) How many positions are anticipated to be downgraded?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      RailCorp is currently in negotiations with station staff as part of the functional EBA discussions.
      Improving customer service is one of the aims of these discussions.

*3376 AIR MONITORING EQUIPMENT—Mr Pringle to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for Commerce, representing the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for
      Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast—

      (1)   Does WorkCover possess air monitoring (occupational hygiene) equipment?
      (2)   Where is this equipment located?
      (3)   Is the equipment capable of detecting airborne particles of asbestos?
      (4)   When and where was the equipment last used by WorkCover to detect airborne asbestos?
      (5)   What is the estimated value of the equipment?

      Answer—

      Please refer to the Hansard of my answer to a question without notice asked by Ms Lee Rhiannon in the
      Legislative Council on 10 November 2004.

*3377 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING COURSES—Mr Pringle to Minister for Fair
      Trading, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce, representing the Special Minister of State,
      Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the
      Central Coast—

      (1) How many WorkCover-recognised occupational health and safety training courses were conducted
          for each month from 29 March 2004 to 30 November 2004?
      (2) How many persons were trained in these courses for each month from 29 March 2004 to 30
          November 2004?
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      (3) How many courses were attended for each month from 29 March 2004 to 30 November 2004 by
          WorkCover inspectors?

      Answer—

      WorkCover currently accredits trainers to deliver a number of approved occupational health and safety
      courses.
      WorkCover cannot supply figures for occupational health and safety training courses delivered by
      accredited trainers for the period requested, as records and figures for most courses during the period
      have not yet been received from individual trainers.

*3378 KEMPSEY HOSPITAL STAFF CAR PARKING—Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

      In relation to staff car parking at Kempsey District Hospital:
      (1) Are you aware of five incidents of staff vehicles being broken into and/or vandalised, occurring in
            the last three months?
      (2) Are there insufficient parking places in the designated area at the hospital, forcing nurses and other
            staff to park in other areas at the hospital?
      (3) Why is secure parking not provided for staff?
      (4) What action do you propose to provide secure parking for hospital staff?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) The Mid North Coast Area Health Service advise that there have been five reported incidents
            in the last three months of cars being broken into or stolen in the vicinity of the Kempsey Hospital
            but these incidents did not occur on the hospital site.
            The Area Health Service advises that there are sufficient parking spaces for staff. Hospital
            management have advised staff working evening and night duty to park in designated parking
            spaces for better security for the staff and their vehicles.
            The Area has also advised that car park lighting has recently been upgraded and that on-site
            security is provided to escort staff to and from their cars.

*3379 PACIFIC HIGHWAY—Mr Stoner to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      In relation to the Pacific Highway:
      (1) How many heavy vehicle movements are there on the Pacific Highway between Brisbane and
            Sydney each day?
      (2) How many heavy vehicle movements are there between Macksville and Kempsey each day?
      (3) What roadworks have been done and are planned for the Pacific Highway near Clybucca since the
            tragic bus accident in 1989 that killed 35 people?

      Answer—

      (1) The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) does not have records of heavy vehicle movements that
          start in Sydney and finish in Brisbane (or visa versa). However, heavy vehicle traffic movements at
          the following locations provided a guide to the range that could be expected. The figures quoted are
          the average number of heavy vehicles per day for the period I January 2004 to 20 June 2004.
          No. of Vehicles                          Location
          2,050 heavy vehicles per day             Karuah
          1,440 heavy vehicles per day             South of Grafton
      (2) No of Vehicles                           Location
          1,740 heavy vehicles per day             South of Macksville
          (for the period of 1 January 2004 to 30 June 2004).
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      (3) Since the 1989 bus accident, the following work on the Pacific Highway in the Clybucca area have
          been undertaken:
          Shortly after the bus crash, the line marking was adjusted to include wider centerlines to
              enhance separation of opposing vehicle flows.
          Reconstruction of the Highway in the vicinity of Bellimbopinni School (south of the bus crash
              site) in 1990/91.
          Construction of two overtaking lanes (one each way) to the north of the bus crash site in 1995.
          In addition, on 11 December 2003 Mr Tony Stewart MP, the Parliamentary Secretary for Roads
          announced a preferred route option for the Kempsey to Eungia project, which bypasses the existing
          flood prone highway at Clybucca. Planning work is now proceeding on the concept design and
          environmental assessment for the Kempsey to Eungia project.

*3380 MR PHILLIP REED—Mr Hartcher to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the
      Executive Council—

      (1)   Has Mr Phillip Reed been transferred from WorkCover to Treasury?
      (2)   What is his public service grade or SES position?
      (3)   What are his duties?
      (4)   What are his qualifications for the position?
      (5)   What is the salary range for this position?

      Answer—

      I have been advised that Mr Phillip Reed is not an employee of NSW Treasury. As he is not employed by
      any agency that forms part of my portfolio, I am not able to supply any further information.

*3381 TOWING TENDERS—Mr Debnam to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

      (1) Does the Minister for Police have responsibility for carrying out criminal record checks on
          employees of towing firms bidding for contracts with NSW police?
      (2) Does the Minister for Transport Services have responsibility for carrying out criminal record checks
          on employees of towing firms bidding for contracts with NSW police?
      (3) Given confusion over the responsible minister, does any other Minister have any responsibility for
          carrying out criminal record checks on employees of towing firms bidding for contracts with NSW
          police?
      (4) Was any relevant minister or their staff aware of threats of violence or intimidation towards tow-
          truck driver Michael Cavallaro who disappeared in recent weeks?
      (5) Will you instruct the Director General of the Premier’s Department to investigate the Government’s
          failure to clean up ongoing violence and intimidation in the tow truck industry?

      Answer—

      (1) to (5) I am advised that the Department of Commerce administers the tender process for the Police
            towing contracts. The tender process includes replication of the majority of the licence applications
            of the Tow Trucking Authority (TTA) for a towing operators licence.
            Tender documentation must
                   identify the towing operators licence numbers and include a copy of their current towing
                       operators schedules
                   provide a list of all the proposed tow truck drivers, their tow truck driver certificate
                       number and a copy of their drivers certificate of all tow truck drivers who will be
                       working for the towing operator and undertaking Police towing work.
            The Department of Commerce checks the tender documentation received and lists the preferred
            tenderer. The Department of Commerce provides the details of the preferred tenderer to NSW
            Police so they can undertake the relevant criminal checks of all individuals nominated within the
            tender.
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           NSW Police also provide a report on the suitability of the holding yard to be used by the tenderer. If
           all checks and requirements are satisfactory the Department of Commerce commences arranging
           the awarding of the contract on behalf of Police.
           In the event the individuals nominated within the tender fail the Police criminal or suitability
           checks, the Department of Commerce then forward the details of the next most suitable tenderer to
           NSW Police for similar checks to be undertaken.
           I am advised that the Tow Truck Authority were not aware of threats of violence or intimidation
           toward Michael Cavallaro.
           The Tow Truck Authority and NSW Police have responsibility for regulation of the tow truck
           industry.

*3382 SPEED CAMERAS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
      Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the
      Executive Council—

      (1) Given the NSW Police Annual Report 2002-2003, says 594,000 speed camera infringements were
          issued in 2003 (page 145), is that number correct?
      (2) Does the number of 594,000 infringements include fixed speed cameras, police camera cars and
          hand held radar infringements and if so what is the break down of infringements by detection
          method?

      Answer—

      I have been advised that this question should be directed to the Minister for Police who has responsibility
      for the information contained in the NSW Police Annual Report 2002-2003.

*3383 CHILDREN (PROTECTION AND PARENTAL RESPOSIBILITY) ACT 1997—Mr Debnam to
      Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment—

      In relation to the Children (Protection and Parental Responsibility) Act 1997:
      (1) Noting that the computer system used in the Local and Children’s Courts does not enable your
            Department to determine how many times Part Two of the Act has been used to bring parents
            before the courts, are you aware of any occasion since January 1998 that the Children (Protection
            and Parental Responsibility) Act 1997 has been used to bring parents before the courts, and if so,
            how many times, when and where?
      (2) What action have you taken to determine how many times, when and where the Children
            (Protection and Parental Responsibility) Act 1997 has been used to bring parents before the courts?

      Answer—

      I refer the Member for Vaucluse to my response of 20 October 2004, which answers the question.

*3384 STATE CRIME COMMAND VEHICLES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

      (1) Are detectives from State Crime Command able to drive their work vehicles to and from home?
      (2) Have they been permitted to do so in recent years?
      (3) If so, why has there been a change in practice?

      Answer—

      NSW Police has advised me:
      (1) Yes, providing a genuine operational need exists.
      (2) Yes.
      (3) N/A.
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*3385 MOUNT DRUITT HOSPITAL—Mr Amery to Minister for Health—

      (1) What is the number of emergency operations carried out at the Mount Druitt Hospital, on
          weekends, during 2002, 2003 and up to 30 November 2004?
      (2) What has been the average number of weekend emergency operations carried out at Mount Druitt
          during this period?
      (3) What has been the number of weekend emergency operations carried out at the Mount Druitt
          Hospital for each of the weekends in September 2004, October 2004 and November 2004?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) I am advised by the Western Sydney Area Health Service that from 2002 up to 30 November
            2004 there were a total of 235 weekend emergency operations carried out at Mt Druitt Hospital.
            This equates to an average of 1.5 emergency operations per weekend.
      (3) Between September and November 2004, there were a total of 27 emergency operations on
            weekends, an average of approximately 2 emergency operations per weekend for this 13-week
            period.

*3386 CARRATHOOL BRIDGE—Mr Piccoli to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      With regard to your previous promise to complete current works on the Carrathool Bridge by July 2002,
      considering that those works are still to be completed, what is the new completion date?

      Answer—

      The works planned for completion by July 2002 were completed by the end of 2003.
      The current works are separate from the works undertaken in 2003 and reflect the frequent maintenance
      needs of heritage timber truss bridges.

*3387 NAROOMA CROWN LICENCE—Mr Constance to Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
      the Illawarra, and Minister for Small Business, representing the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for
      Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

      (1) What is the history of Crown licence 199502, Riverside Drive, Narooma?
      (2) What year did this property cease being a slipway and become an oyster shed?

      Answer—

      (1) Application was made in September 1995 to terminate an existing Crown tenure held over the
          subject premises in Fosters Bay, Narooma and to issue a new licence. The application was for the
          purpose of Boatshed, Jetty and Slip.
          Licence 199502 commenced on 2 January 1996. In accordance with the information provided on
          the application it was granted for the specific purposes, dimensions and areas that attached to the
          tenure held by the former occupant. Any anomalies between the authorised structures and actual
          structures erected were not conveyed to the Department when the licence was originally offered and
          subsequently accepted by the current licence holder.
          In November 2001, the Department received a complaint concerning the use of the licence and the
          alleged erection of unauthorised structures. Investigations disclosed that additional structures
          comprising decking, extensions to the boatshed and re-alignment of the jetty had been erected. The
          written consent of the Department or development consent of Eurobodalla Shire Council had not
          been obtained.
          In September 2002 a request was made by the current licence holder to authorise the existing
          structures. The current licence holder was advised that the Department, in consultation with
          Eurobodalla Shire Council, is proposing a review of all foreshore structures at Fosters Bay,
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          Narooma, to address future planning, continuation of existing uses and sustainable use of the
          foreshore. They were further advised that the issue of any approvals to authorise structures, which
          are not already covered by an existing licence, would be held in abeyance until the review has been
          completed.
          It is anticipated that the review will be completed in 2005. The Department will not be taking
          action to remove any unauthorised structures at Fosters Bay until the review has been completed
          and outcomes have been identified.
      (2) The use of the licensed premises for purposes ancillary to oyster farming, such as boatshed,
          slipway, jetty, storage of equipment and oyster processing, has been permitted by the Department
          since the late 1940s.

*3388 CLUB OWNERSHIP—Mr Constance to Minister for Gaming and Racing—

      (1) What constitutes a “structural change in ownership” of a registered club?
      (2) Does this require a special resolution of the club membership?

      Answer—

      (1) Registered clubs are mutual, not-for-profit community organsiations that are, in effect, owned by
          their members. They are not private entities. As such, it does not appear possible that there would
          be any means by which a “structural change in ownership” could occur. However, this may be a
          reference to a club moving to purchase the land on which its premises are located if the land is
          currently leased. Alternatively, it could refer to a club selling its land, and involving some form of
          leaseback arrangement.
      (2) If the term “structural change in ownership” refers to the purchase of land, a special resolution of
          the club members would not be obligatory. If the club is in effect disposing of land, the approval at
          a general meeting of the ordinary members of the club would be required.
          Without further information, a more definitive answer cannot be provided.

*3389 REFUGES IN HORNSBY ELECTORATE—Mrs Hopwood to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education
      and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Community Services,
      and Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

      (1) How many refuges are accessible in the Hornsby electorate and how many beds are available in
          total?
      (2) In which suburbs are these available and how many beds per individual refuge?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) The Department of Community Services funds no refuges within the Hornsby electorate.

*3390 DISABLED CHILDREN'S TRANSPORT—Mrs Hopwood to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education
      and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Community Services,
      and Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

      (1) What are the current policies relating to disabled children, who travel to school by arranged bus or
          taxi, being taken to respite care at the end of the school day instead of home?
      (2) What is the rationale behind current recent restrictions on the transport of some disabled children to
          respite sites?

      Answer—
      (1) and (2) The Department of Education and Training has responsibility for the transportation of
           children to and from school.
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*3391 HOSPITAL BEDS—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      Regarding the announcement of 200 beds to be opened in hospitals in New South Wales, how many beds
      will open at Hornsby Hospital?

      Answer—

      A decision on the final allocation of additional beds will be made in early 2005. In the interim, where
      demand warrants, winter beds will be kept open.

*3392 CARINGBAH STATION—Mr Kerr to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) Has the State Transit Authority (STA) held discussions with any external individual or organisation
          regarding the future of Caringbah Railway Station?
      (2) If so, with whom?
      (3) What are the Government’s plans in relation to Caringbah Railway Station?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      (1) and (2) The State Transit Authority has no involvement with Caringbah Railway Station.
      (3) As part of the Government’s $1 billion Rail Clearways program, the Cronulla branch line will be
           duplicated at an estimated cost of $145 million by 2008. This project will improve services for
           passengers at Caringbah Station by increasing capacity during peak periods.

*3393 SPEEDING INFRINGEMENTS—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-
      President of the Executive Council—

      With reference to advice provided by you regarding fixed and vehicle mounted speed cameras, when will
      you provide me with information on how many drivers have received infringement notices, or how many
      infringement notices have been issued, for speeding in the school zone in the vicinity of Great Lakes
      College, Tuncurry Campus during the following periods:
            (a) Term 1 2004 (17-1-04 to 8-4-04)
            (b) Term 2 2004 (27-4-04 to 2-7-04)
            (c) Term 3 2004 (19-7-04 to 24-9-04)?

      Answer—

      I have been advised that infringement notices for speeding in the school zone in the vicinity of the Great
      Lakes College, Tuncurry Campus are issued manually by police officers.
      The number of speeding infringement notices that have been issued for speeding in a 40 km per hour
      speed zone in this vicinity are:

            Term                                             Infringements Issued
            Term 1 2004 (17-1-04 to 8-4-04)                           3
            Term 2 2004 (27-4-04 to 2-7-04)                          28
            Term 3 2004 (19-7-04 to 24-9-04)                         14
       It should be noted that the accuracy of these figures depends on the issuing officer correctly specifying
      the location of the offence.
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*3394 OLD-STYLE CLASSROOMS—Mrs Skinner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training,
      and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      How many old-style portable classrooms are there in NSW public schools?

      Answer—

      To provide a detailed statistical response to this question would involve considerable time and the
      diversion of resources away from core responsibilities of the Department of Education and Training that
      cannot be justified.

*3395 AIR-CONDITIONING OF DEMOUNTABLES—Mrs Skinner to Deputy Premier, Minister for
      Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      Are old-style wooden portable classrooms counted as “demountables” for the purposes of the
      Government’s commitment to air-condition demountable class-rooms?

      Answer—

      Since 1995 the Government has committed more than $73 million to air cooling NSW government
      schools.
       The Government is committed to complete the air conditioning of all demountable classrooms by June
      2005.

*3396 LEASEHOLDERS—MILSONS POINT STATION PRECINCT—Mrs Skinner to Minister for
      Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport
      Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)   What are the Government’s plans for shops in the precinct of Milsons Point Station?
      (2)   Will current leaseholders have their leases renewed?
      (3)   Will they have to vacate their shops during any proposed redevelopment?
      (4)   If they are required to vacate during any proposed redevelopment, will alternate locations be found
            for them during work, and will they be offered first option on completion?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      RailCorp has no current plans for the Milsons Point Station precinct affecting shops in the area.

*3397 WAITING LISTS—ALBURY ELECTORATE—Mr Aplin to Minister for Health—

      (1) What is the total number of patients on waiting lists at (a) the Albury Base Hospital and (b) the
          Corowa District Hospital as at 30 November 2004?
      (2) What is the breakdown for surgical procedures?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) Information relating to waiting times is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au.

*3398 ST VINCENT'S HOSPITAL—GORMAN HOUSE—Ms Moore to Minister for Health—

      (1) Is it true that the St Vincent’s Hospital Gorman House alcohol detoxification program will no
          longer offer a seven-day a week service after 31 December 2004, following the depletion of one-off
          funds provided by the Minister?
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    (2) What impact will this loss of service have on the estimated half of those people in inner Sydney
        who sleep rough, and also have a substance use problem?
    (3) Given the need for expanded detoxification and rehabilitation services identified at the NSW
        Alcohol Summit, what action has the Minister taken to provide funds to return this service to full
        time?

    Answer—

    (1) to (3) I am advised that NSW Health has not reduced funding to St Vincent’s Hospital Alcohol and
          Drug Service at any time in the past, nor does it intend to do so in the future. NSW Health has
          participated in a series of meetings with representatives from St Vincent’s Hospital concerning the
          level of services to be provided by the Gorman House detoxification unit and I understand
          discussions are continuing.
          The allocation and distribution of funding provided by NSW Health to St Vincent’s Hospital, is
          determined by the Hospital based upon its consideration of the nature and quantity of services it
          considers is required. In 2003-04 the costs of operating Gorman House increased due to the
          necessity of implementing changes to the staffing configuration based on occupational health and
          safety issues. Subsequently, NSW Health provided a one-off supplementary funding grant of
          $300,000 in 2003-04 to assist St Vincent’s to continue to operate a seven-day a week service at
          Gorman House while it gave consideration to how it could deliver services within its budget. This
          grant has been sufficient to extend the provision of seven days a week detoxification services until
          31 January 2005. This was in addition to State Government funding totalling approximately $194M
          to St Vincent’s across all programs in 2003-04.
          I am further advised that the Gorman House detoxification service is not an accommodation service
          for homeless people. The services provided are targeted strictly for detoxification of intoxicated
          persons. Gorman House will continue to provide a detoxification service to all people including the
          homeless. A number of other residential detoxification facilities are available in the inner city
          including William Booth House and a homeless specific service operated by the Salvation Army at
          Foster House in Surry Hills. Access to these services and a range of other treatment options,
          including out-patient detoxification and counselling, will continue to be available to those people in
          inner Sydney who “sleep rough” and have a substance use problem.

*3399 NORTHCOTT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND WORKER—Ms Moore to Minister
      for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

    (1) What is the outcome of the evaluation of Northcott Community Development Project and Worker?
    (2) Given the outstanding success of the Northcott Community Development Project in Surry Hills, the
        strong community support and ongoing need, will the Minister commit to making the Community
        Development Worker position permanent?
    (3) Given the proven results of the Big hART project at Northcott Department of Housing in reducing
        the crime, isolation and exclusion suffered by many residents, helping tenants learn a range of
        skills, and creating a positive sense of community, will the Minister provide the $130,000 that has
        been requested to continue the project?

    Answer—

    (1) to (3) The evaluation of the Project has revealed a range of positive outcomes for tenants. The
          Department is continuing to fund the existing Community Development staffing costs and will also
          continue to meet in kind and Project costs. The Department’s goal in providing this additional
          support to the community is to work towards a situation where residents and a range of agencies
          have the capacity and resources to independently maintain the community cohesion that has
          developed throughout the period of the project.
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*3400 ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT 1977—Ms Moore to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     Noting that the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 has been under review since 1991, when will the
     Government complete the current review based on the 1999 NSW Law Reform Commission Report
     Number 82?

     Answer—

     The Government has already implemented a large number of the NSW Law Reform Commission’s
     recommendations contained in Report 92.
     In 2004 the Government passed legislation to amend the Anti Discrimination Act in significant ways. A
     further legislative package will be introduced to address other recommendations.
     This will ensure that the Act continues to be renovated and updated to maintain a high level of human
     rights protection.

*3401 ST VINCENT'S HOSPITAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE—Ms Moore to Minister for Health—

     What impact has the decision to close the St Vincent’s Hospital Mental Health service after 10.00pm had
     on people with a mental illness in the inner city?
     What action has the Minister taken to provide urgently needed 24-hour crisis services for people in the
     inner city who have acute mental illness, since this closure?

     Answer—

     I am advised by the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service that St Vincent’s Hospital continues to
     provide a 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis service to people in the inner city who have an acute mental
     health illness.

*3402 YOUTH DRUG AND ALCOHOL COURT—Ms Moore to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     Following positive evaluation that found that the Youth Drug and Alcohol Court diverts young people
     from entrenched drug use and crime, when will this program be operating in Redfern and other inner city
     locations?

     Answer—

     The Youth Drug and Alcohol Court already operates in eastern and central Sydney including the
     Redfern/Waterloo area. The first sitting of the Youth Drug and Alcohol Court in this region was held on
     8 July 2004 at the Bidura Children’s Court in Glebe.
     New non-government services providers, including Waverley Action for Youth Services, The Oasis
     Youth Service and Salvation Army YouthLink have recently been contracted to support program
     participants.

*3403 ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION—Ms Moore to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education
      and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What will be the impact, especially on disadvantaged groups, of your planned funding cuts of more than
     15% or about $4 million, to the Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector?
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      Answer—

      Please refer to my previous response to Question on Notice 2882.

*3404 NELSON BAY ROAD—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      With respect to the plans for improvement of the Nelson Bay Road, and the availability of plans for
      inspection:
      (1) Have any such plans that may be drawn altered in any way since the public last had the opportunity
           to view the plans?
      (2) If so, in what way have they altered?
      (3) Are there to be further resumptions of properties along the Nelson Bay Road between the area
           known as the Sand Dunes to the roundabout at the turnoff to Salamander Bay and Anna Bay, and in
           particular, from the Marsh Road intersection to Trotters Road?
      (4) If so, how much further land is to be resumed?
      (5) If so, why is the land to be resumed?
      (6) If so, what compensation procedures will be undertaken for any land that is to be resumed?
      (7) Has any member of the Roads and Traffic Authority or the Minister’s staff advised property owners
           of the land to be resumed that they do not need to seek solicitor’s advice in relation to such
           resumption, and that the RTA will take care of all matters concerning the resumption?
      (8) If so, what does the RTA or you or your department base such comment upon?
      (9) Is there any home or property on the alignment of the proposed road that was previously to be
           partially resumed and is now to be fully resumed?
      (10) If so, how many properties?
      (11) If so, why has this necessity arisen?
      (12) If there have been changes to the alignment of the road or purchases of additional land, is the RTA
           to undertake a new EIS for the proposal?
      (13) If so, has that EIS been carried out?
      (14) If not, when will it be carried out?
      (15) If it is not proposed to do a new EIS, why not?
      (16) If there are proposed changes to the alignment of the road or purchases or resumptions of property,
           will your office or the RTA display any new plans for the road?
      (17) If so, when and where?
      (18) If not, why not?
      (19) Is there a proposal for a roundabout to be built on the road at the intersection of the Nelson Bay
           Road and Marsh Road?
      (20) If so, why?
      (21) If so, what road safety considerations have been given to the location of a roundabout at that site
           and by whom and when?
      (22) When will the Minister provide some detail in response to community concerns about the issues
           listed above?

      Answer—

      With the exception of the following information, I refer the Honourable Member to my answer to
      Question 2912, published on 8 December 2004.
      (22) In respect of roads users, any adjustments occurring to the detailed design are of a very minor
           nature and for adjacent property owners, any adjustments to property have been discussed with the
           property owners.
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                                              9 DECEMBER 2004

                                                 (Paper No. 114)

*3405 EAST KEMPSEY PUBLIC SCHOOL—Mr Stoner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      In relation to the East Kempsey Public School:
      (1) Are you aware the school has two demountable classrooms that are over 25 years old and are
            regarded by students and parents as smelly and mouldy?
      (2) What replacement is proposed for these demountables?
      (3) Does the school hall leak when it rains, and is it too small for all students to assemble in?
      (4) What is proposed to remedy the school hall, and when?
      (5) Is the Covered Outdoor Learning Area too small to fit all students for assemblies or to shelter
            students when it rains?
      (6) What remedial action is proposed for the Covered Outdoor Learning Area and when?
      (7) What will be done to fix the school canteen that leaks when it rains?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) Officers from the Asset Management Unit, North Coast Region, visited the school on 16
          December 2004 and met with the Principal and a member of the Parents and Citizens Association.
          No odour or mould was present in the demountables at the time of inspection. The School Facilities
          Maintenance Contractor will monitor the rooms in consultation with the principal.
      (3) and (4) The school’s maintenance contractor repaired the leak in the roof of the school hall on 10
          November 2004.
      (5) and (6) The size of the COLA is above the school’s entitlement according to the Primary Schools
          Facilities Standards.
      (7) The school’s maintenance contractor has repaired the leak in the school canteen.

*3406 WATER SHARING PLANS—Mr Stoner to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources—

      Is the development and implementation of Water Sharing Plans the responsibility of Catchment
      Management Authorities or the Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources?

      Answer—

      Both the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR) and Catchment
      Management Authorities (CMAs) have a role in the development and implementation of water sharing
      plans.

*3407 PROPERTY VEGATATION PLANS—Mr Stoner to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources—

      In relation to Property Vegetation Plans (PVP), as required under the Native Vegetation Act 2003:
      (1) Will property owners be required to register PVPs on property titles?
      (2) If so, who is liable for the cost of registration of a PVP?
      (3) If so, will a registered PVP apply to a new owner when a property is sold?
      (4) If PVPs are not required to be registered upon titles, will they continue to apply to a new owner
            when a property is sold?
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     Answer—

     (1) No. However, the property owner may choose to do so.
     (2) The landholder would be liable if they chose to register the PVP on their property title as it is
         entirely voluntary for them to do so. However there are no application forms or fees for the actual
         property vegetation plan.
     (3) Once a property vegetation plan is assessed and approved by the local Catchment Management
         Authority, it will be a legal agreement under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 for the agreed period
         (clearing approvals in a property vegetation plan will last up to 15 years, offsets may last well
         beyond 15 years). The agreement is then binding, even if the property is sold, and will continue to
         apply until such time as a new plan is approved or the current plan expires.
         This does not mean that the vegetation approved for clearing must be cleared. That decision
         remains the landholder's choice. It means that if the landholder chooses to clear, the clearing will
         need to be undertaken according to the agreed property vegetation plan.
         A property vegetation plan cannot be taken away (unless it is breached) and will not be affected by
         any changes to local or state planning rules, including new listings of threatened species.
     (4) A property vegetation plan is a legal agreement under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 for the
         agreed period (clearing approvals in a property vegetation plan will last up to 15 years).
         The agreement is then binding, even if the property is sold, and will continue to apply until such
         time as a new plan is approved or the current plan expires.

*3408 AREA HEALTH SERVICES—Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

     In relation to Area Health Services:
     (1) What are your plans for reforms to corporate services?
     (2) How many corporate service units will exist after such reforms?
     (3) Where will corporate service units be located following these reforms?

     Answer—

     (1) to (3) NSW Health is currently in the process of streamlining administration and introducing more
           efficient arrangements for corporate and business services. The process of reforming corporate and
           business services will be implemented in consultation with the health service unions.
           The new arrangements are aimed at replacing the numerous individual systems for functions such
           as procurement, warehousing and security, with statewide or region-based shared services models.
           The savings achieved through this administrative streamlining will be reinvested into frontline
           health services.

*3409 HIGHWAY PATROL—TRAFFIC OFFENCES—Mr Pringle to Minister for Police—

     What is the number and value of traffic offences detected by Highway Patrol officers for the years:
         (a) 2000-01
         (b) 2001-02
         (c) 2002-03
         (d) 2003-04?

     Answer—

     I am advised that traffic infringement statistics are maintained by the Infringement Processing Bureau. I
     suggest the Honourable Member direct his question to the Treasurer, within whose portfolio the Bureau
     resides.
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*3410 DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE BROADBAND—Mr Pringle to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for Commerce, representing the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce,
      Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast—

      Is the Government considering (in conjunction with the Federal Government) allowing the use of Digital
      Subscriber Line (DSL) Broadband via powerlines as is being trialled in Tasmania with results in excess
      of 10 Mbps?

      Answer—

      The Federal Government regulates telecommunications in Australia.
      Electricity authorities in New South Wales have been experimenting with the use of Power Line Carrier
      technology for some time but these services are very much still experimental and in their infancy. The
      authorities will need to ensure that the services are commercially and technically viable before they offer
      them to business or the community.

*3411 WARRAGAMBA WATER FOR HAWKESBURY RESIDENTS—Mr Pringle to Minister for Energy
      and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health
      (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      Should the proposed development at Pitt Town be approved with the developer laying a pipeline from
      the Cranebrook Reservoir, will the Minister ensure that Sydney Water actively considers enlarging the
      pipeline to provide un-recycled water to Windsor, Richmond, North Richmond and Kurrajong?

      Answer—

      Sydney Water has advised:
      The townships of Windsor, Richmond, North Richmond and Kurrajong currently receive their water
      supply from the North Richmond Water Filtration Plant (WFP). Water is pumped from the river at North
      Richmond, treated to a high standard that meets all water quality requirements of the NSW Department
      of Health, and supplied to the above townships and surrounding areas. Water quality tests carried out by
      Sydney Water are regularly reviewed by NSW Health and independently audited each year on behalf of
      the Independent Pricing and Regulatory and Tribunal.
      Sydney Water will continue with the operation of the existing North Richmond WFP up to its current
      capacity of 50 megalitres per day. Sydney Water’s proposed scheme to service growth in the
      Hawkesbury area is to use water supplied from both North Richmond WFP and from Warragamba Dam
      via Orchard Hills WFP. The scheme involves the construction of a 14 kilometre link watermain between
      Cranebrook Reservoir and South Windsor Reservoir with the capacity to meet future urban growth
      requirements.

*3412 SEARCH WARRANTS—Mr Stoner to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment—

      How many search warrants have been applied for and granted at Macksville Courthouse for each of the
      past 5 years?

      Answer—
                                  Applications made         Applications granted
               1999/00                   30                          30
               2000/01                   17                          17
               2001/02                   22                          22
               2002/03                   15                          15
               2003/04                   18                          18
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*3413 PRIVATE DESALINISATION PLANTS—Ms Moore to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and
      Minister for Natural Resources—

     With regard to proposals by some Woollahra residents to install their own private desalinisation plants:
     (1) What is the Government’s response to these proposals, which are not consistent with the BASIX
          initiative to reduce energy and water consumption?
     (2) How will this impact on attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, given that desalinisation
          plants are energy intensive?
     (3) Given the experience of air-conditioners and their impact on energy demand and consumption,
          what preventative measures will the Government introduce so that a similar situation does not arise
          as a result of an increase in private desalinisation plants?

     Answer—

     (1) Desalination plants are currently assessed via the ‘BASIX alternative assessment’ process, which
         assesses the expected water savings and greenhouse gas emissions of the desalination plant.
         It is also proposed that BASIX for alterations and additions (to be introduced in October 2005) will
         pick up development applications proposing a private desalination plant. BASIX will assess the
         greenhouse gas emissions of the desalination plants.
     (2) Private desalination plants are as energy intensive as an electric storage hot water system, emitting
         approximately 8kg of carbon dioxide per day. BASIX will ensure that desalinisation plants will not
         result in a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions for new homes and for alterations and
         additions.
     (3) For new developments that propose a desalination plant, the proponent will be required to
         implement energy efficiencies to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions of the proposed
         plant, to achieve the BASIX 25 percent greenhouse reduction target.
         It is proposed that BASIX for alterations and additions will also pick up development applications
         proposing a private desalinisation plant. Again, these development proposals will be required to
         implement energy efficiencies or renewable power generation that compensate for the greenhouse
         gas emissions of desalination plants.

*3414 BUILDING INDUSTRY CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT—Mr Piccoli to Minister
      for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

     (1) Was a structured marketing and promotional plan presented, signed off and implemented by the
         Office of Fair Trading in relation to the Building Industry Continuing Professional Development
         road shows?
     (2) What was the extent of media advertising and direct marketing to licence holders prior to the road
         shows?
     (3) What were the attendance figures for each venue?
     (4) How many attendees were catered for at each venue?
     (5) Were feedback forms circulated at the presentations?

     Answer—

     (1) Yes.
     (2) Advertising and marketing included regional and metropolitan radio advertising and metropolitan
         press advertising, supported by media alerts that went to local papers and radio stations. All major
         industry associations were notified of roadshow dates, times and places and were asked to advise
         their members. Local Fair Trading staff were involved in the release of flyers and other notification
         processes. A hotline was also established to enable industry to seek further information.
         In early August 2004, the Commissioner for Fair Trading wrote to licence and certificate holders
         advising of adjustments to the Continuing Professional Development scheme.
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      (3) Fair Trading officers spoke to more than 940 people during the roadshows. The numbers for each
          venue were:
                Albury                   38                 Lismore                      11
                Armidale                 69                 Liverpool                    15
                Batemans Bay             49                 Newcastle                    45
                Bathurst                  7                 Nowra                        13
                Blacktown                16                 Orange                       61
                Bondi Junction            9                 Parramatta                   16
                Chatswood                14                 Penrith                      20
                Coffs Harbour            25                 Port Macquarie               14
                Dee Why                  12                 Queanbeyan                     3
                Dubbo                    47                 Shellharbour                 41
                Dubbo (second visit) 142                    Tamworth                     83
                Gosford                  27                 Tweed Heads                  15
                Hornsby                  12                 Wagga Wagga                  29
                Hurstville               31                 Wagga Wagga (second visit) 80
      (4) Fair Trading had anticipated that approximately 200 people would attend each event. However,
          participation by industry at the first two days of the roadshows was lower than anticipated,
          prompting Fair Trading to plan for approximately 50 people per presentation.
      (5) Industry consultation is ongoing. Surveys and focus groups were undertaken before the roadshows
          commenced. Individual comments made by attendees at presentations were factored into
          adjustments to the scheme.

*3415 BUILDING LICENCES—Mr Piccoli to Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister Assisting the Minister
      for Commerce—

      In relation to the renewal of building licences:
      (1) What is the average time taken to process licence applications?
      (2) What is the longest period taken to process a licence application?

      Answer—

      I am advised that the vast majority of applications for renewals of building licences are processed within
      a 24 hour timeframe. Data entry and checking of information generally occurs on the day of receipt with
      processing occurring on an overnight basis.
      I am further advised that in a limited number of cases, building licence renewals may be held up for
      some time pending the outcome of any investigations into a licensee’s performance in the preceding 12
      months. The length of the delay depends on the complexity of the matter.

*3416 ROAD TOLLS—Mr Amery to Minister for Roads, and Minister for Housing—

      On completion of the M7 Motorway, what will be the combined cost of road tolls for motorists travelling
      from the Mount Druitt electorate (using the M7, the M2 and Harbour Bridge/Tunnel) to the Sydney
      Central Business District?

      Answer—

      The M7 Motorway is a distance-based tollway and motorists will pay for the distance travelled on      the
      Motorway, rather than a fixed toll such as is applicable to the M4 Motorway.
      Tolls on the motorways increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Accordingly,             the
      estimated cost for motorists travelling from the Mount Druitt electorate using the M7, the M2 and     the
      Sydney Harbour Bridge/Tunnel, to the Sydney CDB, based on indexed tolls to date, would                 be
      approximately $13.12. However, this is subject to change in line with the CPI.
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*3417 M4 TRANSIT LANE—Mr Amery to Minister for Police—

      (1) Is the transit lane on the M4 Motorway (between the Cumberland Highway and Parramatta)
          policed?
      (2) If so, how many motorists have been detected driving illegally in this lane in the past twelve months?

      Answer—

      NSW Police has advised me:
      (1) Yes.
      (2) Statistical information relating to this matter is compiled by the Infringement Processing Bureau,
          Office of State Revenue. The Honourable Member's question should be directed to my colleague,
          the Treasurer, for response.

*3418 LAND TAX ARRANGEMENTS—Mr Amery to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister
      for Natural Resources, representing the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of
      the Executive Council—

      (1) Under the existing Land Tax arrangements, how many persons paid or were eligible to pay land tax,
          who were resident in the Blacktown Local Government area, for each of the past five years?
      (2) Under the Land Tax arrangements announced this year, what is the estimated number of persons
          who will be eligible to pay land tax, who are resident in the Blacktown Local Government area,
          during the next tax year?

      Answer—

      I have been advised that the Office of State Revenue (OSR) is unable to make an accurate assessment of
      the number of persons who have paid or are eligible to pay land tax in the Blacktown Local Government
      area. This is because the OSR determines that a land taxpayer may be a natural person, a sole trader, a
      trust, partnership or corporate entity and excludes those people or businesses with post office addresses.

*3419 ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION—Mr Amery to Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science
      and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

      (1) What is the current average household consumption for electricity in:
          (a) The Sydney Metropolitan area?
          (b) The entire State of New South Wales?
      (2) What is the current cost of electricity for these domestic consumers in the above named areas?
      (3) How do these consumption figures and cost compare to each of the previous ten years?

      Answer—

      (1) (a) An average Sydney household in 2002/03 consumed 8250 kWh of electricity per annum.
          (b) An average New South Wales household in 2002/03 consumed 7790 kWh of electricity per
                annum.
      (2) The cost of electricity was 9.2 cents/kWh in Sydney and 10 cents/kWh in New South Wales
          (excluding GST).
      (3) In 1992/93, an average household consumed 7700 kWh of electricity per annum in Sydney and
          7260 kWh of electricity per annum in NSW. By 2002/03, this consumption increased by about 7%
          in both Sydney and NSW.
          In 1992/93, the cost of electricity was 8.64 cents/kWh in Sydney and 9.64 cents in NSW. In
          2002/03, the cost of electricity increased by 7% in Sydney and 4% in NSW (excluding GST).
          By comparison the CPI has increased by 31 percent in this period, meaning real prices for
          electricity have fallen during this period.
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*3420 PARKING SPACES AT RAILWAY STATIONS—Mr Amery to Minister for Infrastructure and
      Planning, and Minister for Natural Resources, representing the Minister for Transport Services, Minister
      for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1) How many commuter car parking places are currently available to train commuters using the below
          mentioned railway stations:
          (a) Mount Druitt
          (b) Rooty Hill
          (c) Doonside
          (d) Blacktown
          (e) Seven Hills
          (f) St Marys
          (g) Penrith
          (h) Riverstone
          (i) Quakers Hill?
      (2) Has there been any increase in parking spaces at these railway stations during the past five years?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
      The approximate number of car parking spaces available near the following rail stations are:
           (a) Mount Druitt           300
           (b) Rooty Hill             180
           (c) Doonside                70
           (d) Blacktown              100
           (e) Seven Hills          1,500
           (f) St Marys               420
           (g) Penrith                875
           (h) Riverstone              55
           (i) Quakers Hill           120
      Information relating to car parking at railway stations is publicly available on the CityRail website at
      www.cityrail.info.
      I’m advised planning for new commuter car parking facilities falls under the administration of the
      Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.

*3421 AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Roads, and Minister for
      Housing—

      With regard to earlier advice that eligible applicants to Affordable Housing “must provide a service that
      contributes to the well being of the community”, what actions ensue if the occupant of an Affordable
      Housing project resigns from an occupation that contributes to the well-being of the community?

      Answer—

      Tenants under the Thornleigh Key Worker Affordable Housing project enter into a fixed term residential
      lease.
      At the expiry of the lease, the property manager will review the circumstances of the tenant including the
      tenant’s occupation at that time, to consider whether a new lease for a further period may be granted to
      the tenant.
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*3422 REGISTRAR POSITIONS—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

     (1) When will the 1.5 registrar positions in the Mental Health Unit at Hornsby Hospital be filled?
     (2) What measures are taken to accommodate adolescents in Hornsby with a mental health issue who
         require admission?

     Answer—

     (1) I am advised the registrar positions in the mental health unit will be filled on 17 January 2005 when
         the next rotation of Registrars within Northern Sydney Area Health occurs.
     (2) Adolescents with mental health problems are currently referred for admission to the specialist
         adolescent mental health units in NSW, for example at Westmead Hospital or Westmead Children’s
         Hospital. In certain circumstances, taking into account the adolescent’s age and other factors, they
         may be admitted to one of the paediatric wards in Northern Sydney or to an adult acute admission
         unit.

*3423 PROTECTIVE COMMISSIONER FEES—Mrs Hopwood to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     (1) What is the formula used to determine the fees charged to clients of the Protective Commissioner?
     (2) If there is a property owned by a client, in what circumstances is that property required to be sold?

     Answer—

     (1) The fees charged by the Protective Commissioner are in accordance with section 8 of the Protected
         Estates Act 1983 and clause 4 of the Protected Estates Regulation 2003.
     (2) Real property that constitutes a client’s principal place of residence is sold only as a last resort if the
         client’s financial circumstances compel the sale. Other real property owned by a client is sold for a
         variety of reasons, including the client’s individual circumstances, a request from a client to sell the
         property or if the client has vacated the property and has no further use for it.

*3424 MOBILE BREAST SCREENING—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Health—

     (1) Is the backlog for services by the mobile breast screening bus in the Manning/Great Lakes region
         up to three years?
     (2) If not, what is the backlog?
     (3) If there is a backlog, what is the Department of Health doing to reduce the backlog?

     Answer—

     (1) No.
     (2) and (3) Women in the Manning/Great Lakes region currently have a two to three-month waiting list
           for the breast screening services offered by the mobile bus. In individual cases of identified clinical
           urgency, arrangements are made for more urgent screening.
           The Department of Health, the Breast Screen NSW State Coordination Unit and the respective Area
           Health Services are working towards a sustainable solution to the provision of a faster and more
           efficient service.

*3425 CREDIT CARDS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     Which Ministry for Police staff, by position, grade and name, are provided with credit cards and what are
     the respective limits of those cards?
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     Answer—

     The Ministry for Police has advised me:
     Director General, $10,000 and Deputy Director General, $10,000.

*3426 POLICE FACILITIES—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     How many Police stations, centres or facilities were closed or down graded in 2004, by Local Area
     Commands and what are their locations?

     Answer—

     Operating hours and utilisation of police stations, centres and facilities vary in accordance with
     operational requirements.

*3427 VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     How many Volunteers in Policing (VIP) did NSW Police have, by Local Area Command, as at 1
     December 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004?

     Answer—

     NSW Police has advised me:
     The following table shows numbers of Volunteers in Policing deemed active in the month of December
     in the years 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, listed by Local Area Command.

                                 VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING

          LOCAL AREA COMMANDS                       Dec-04     Dec-03   Dec-02 Dec-01
          Albury                                        6          6       5       5
          Ashfield                                      3          2       2       3
          Bankstown                                     4          5       6       6
          Barrier                                       8          7      10       8
          Barwon                                        4          9      11      11
          Blacktown                                     9          8       9      10
          Blue Mountains                                5          5       5       5
          Brisbane Water                               14         14      18      15
          Burwood                                       4          6       5       5
          Cabramatta                                    1          0       1       0
          Camden                                        2          2       4       4
          Campbelltown                                 12         20      20      28
          Canobolas                                     5          3       5       5
          Castlereagh                                   6          6       6       0
          Chifley                                      14         11      14      17
          City Central                                  4          3       0       0
          Coffs/Clarence                                3          3       3       3
          Cootamundra                                   3          3       0       0
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                      VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING

LOCAL AREA COMMANDS                Dec-04   Dec-03   Dec-02 Dec-01
Darling River                         1        1        0      1
Eastern Suburbs                       2        2        2      2
Eastwood                              6        4        6      6
Fairfield                             1        1        1      2
Far South Coast                       7        7        8      8
Flemington                            9        7        8      8
Gladesville                           3        3        2      3
Goulburn                             15        12      13     13
Green Valley                          8        8        7      7
Harbourside                           4        4        4      4
Hawkesbury                            8        9        8      9
Holroyd                               5        6        4      5
Hunter Valley                         3        3        3      3
Kings Cross                           2        2        2      4
Kuring-gai                            2        2        2      3
Lachlan                               6        4        3      3
Lake Illawarra                       19        20      20     19
Lake Macquarie                       17        15      15     17
Leichhardt                            3        3        3      3
Liverpool                             5        5        5      5
Lower Hunter                         28        27      24     26
Macquarie Fields                     14        13      15     14
Manly/Davidson                        3        3        3      3
Manning Great Lakes                   2        2        3      5
Marrickville                          1        1        1      4
Mid North Coast                       9        7        5      5
Miranda                               6        6        8      9
Monaro                                8        8        8      8
Mounted Police Unit                   2        2        2      2
Mt. Druitt                           31        7        7      7
New England                          16        14      13      6
Newcastle                            16        13      12     15
Newtown                               3        3        3      3
North Shore                           3        3        3      3
Northern Beaches                      7        7        7      7
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                                  VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING

          LOCAL AREA COMMANDS                         Dec-04     Dec-03    Dec-02 Dec-01
          Orana                                           4          3         5     2
          Oxley                                          16         10         6     5
          Parramatta                                     15         15        15    15
          Penrith                                         9         10        10    10
          Quakers Hill                                    2          5         6     6
          Richmond                                       11          9         9    11
          Rose Bay                                        2          4         4     5
          Rosehill                                        5          5         5     5
          Shoalhaven                                     16         16        16    16
          St. George                                      2          2         2     2
          St. Marys                                       1          2         2     2
          Surry Hills                                     1          0         0     0
          Sutherland                                     11         10        13    12
          The Hills                                      12         11         9     7
          The Rocks                                       6          6         4     5
          Tourist Liaison                                 7          7         7     7
          Tuggerah Lakes                                 14         12        12    12
          Tweed/Byron                                    20         20        20    20
          VIP Unit                                        6          4         4     3
          Wagga Wagga                                     7          6         5     7
          Waratah                                         6          6         6     6
          Wollongong                                     15         15        12     8


          TOTALS                                       570         525       526    533

*3428 WESTMEAD HOSPITAL WAITING LISTS—Mr Merton to Minister for Health—

     What is the total number of patients on waiting lists at Westmead Hospital?
     What is the break down of surgical procedures required?

     Answer—

     Information relating to waiting times is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au.

*3429 WESTMEAD HOSPITAL BEDS—Mr Merton to Minister for Health—

     Regarding the announcement of 200 beds to be opened in hospitals in NSW, how many beds will be
     opened at Westmead Hospital?
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      Answer—

      A decision on the final allocation of additional beds will be made in early 2005. In the interim, where
      demand warrants, winter beds will be kept open.

*3430 NORTH WEST RAIL LINK—Mr Merton to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for
      Natural Resources—

      When will you announce a commencement date for the North West Rail link?

      Answer—

      The Government has said that corridor preservation is a priority. Work is proceeding to identify corridors
      in a number of areas including the North West.

*3431 SUTHERLAND HOSPITAL WAITING LISTS—Mr Kerr to Minister for Health—

      What is the total number of patients on waiting lists at the Sutherland Hospital?
      What is the break down of surgical procedures required?

      Answer—

      Information relating to waiting times is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au.

*3432 SUTHERLAND HOSPITAL—Mr Kerr to Minister for Health—

      (1) What is the number of emergency operations carried out at Sutherland Hospital on weekends during
          2002, 2003 and up to 30 November 2004?
      (2) What has been the average number of weekend emergency operations carried out at Sutherland
          Hospital during this period?
      (3) What has been the number of weekend emergency operations carried out at Sutherland Hospital for
          each of the weekends in September 2004, October 2004 and November 2004?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) The Sutherland Hospital performed 276 weekend emergency operations in 2002, 431 in 2003
            and 431 in 2004 up to 30 November 2004. This represents an average of 7.52 emergency operations
            each weekend for the period stated.
      (3) 91 weekend emergency operations were carried out at the Sutherland Hospital over the weekends in
            September 2004, October 2004 and November 2004. A breakdown by each weekend is as follows:
               September 2004          No.         October 2004          No.        November 2004         No.
             4th and 5th                8      2nd and 3rd                9      6th and 7th               7
             11th and 12th              3      9th and 10th               6      13th and14th             13
             18th and 19th              5      16th and 17th              5      20th and 21st             9
             25th and 26th              6      23rd and 24th             11      27th and 28th             5
                                               30th and 31st              4
             Total No. of cases         22     Total No. of cases        35      Total No. of cases       34

*3433 ROYAL NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL WAITING LISTS—Mr Roberts to Minister for Health—

      What is the total number of patients on waiting lists at the Royal North Shore Hospital?
      What is the breakdown of surgical procedures required?
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     Answer—

     Information relating to waiting times is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au.

*3434 PARKING—BALGOWLAH NORTH PUBLIC SCHOOL—Mr Hazzard to Deputy Premier, Minister
      for Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What plans does the Government have to provide Balgowlah North Public School with improved staff
     parking and a parent drop off zone to protect the safety of students?

     Answer—

     During 2003/04, the Department of Education and Training has undertaken a Facilities Review of the
     school in consultation with the school community. The final report from this review was provided to the
     school principal on 17 May 2004.
     The Facilities Review identified a number of possible future capital works projects at the school. An
     indication of the timing of the inclusion of any project in a future capital works program is unable to be
     given at this time.

*3435 COMMUNAL HALL—BALGOWLAH NORTH PUBLIC SCHOOL—Mr Hazzard to Deputy Premier,
      Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What plans does the Government have to provide Balgowlah North Public School with a communal hall
     facility?

     Answer—

     During 2003/04, the Department of Education and Training has undertaken a Facilities Review of the
     school in consultation with the school community. The final report from this review was provided to the
     school principal on 17 May 2004.
     The Facilities Review identified a number of possible future capital works projects at the school. An
     indication of the timing of the inclusion of any project in a future capital works program is unable to be
     given at this time.

*3436 SCHOOL LIBRARY—Mr Hazzard to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What plans does the Government have to provide Balgowlah North Public School with a permanent
     library?

     Answer—

     During 2003/04, the Department of Education and Training has undertaken a Facilities Review of the
     school in consultation with the school community. The final report from this review was provided to the
     school principal on 17 May 2004.
     The Facilities Review identified a number of possible future capital works projects at the school. An
     indication of the timing of the inclusion of any project in a future capital works program is unable to be
     given at this time.
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*3437 DEMOUNTABLE CLASSROOMS—Mr Hazzard to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What plans does the Government have to provide Balgowlah North Public School with permanent
     classrooms to replace the demountable and portable classrooms?

     Answer—

     During 2003/04, the Department of Education and Training has undertaken a Facilities Review of the
     school in consultation with the school community. The final report from this review was provided to the
     school principal on 17 May 2004.
     The Facilities Review identified a number of possible future capital works projects at the school. An
     indication of the timing of the inclusion of any project in a future capital works program is unable to be
     given at this time.

*3438 CLASSROOM AIR-CONDITIONING—Mr Hazzard to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1)   How many old-style portable classrooms are there in public schools in the Wakehurst electorate?
     (2)   How many of these old-style classrooms have air conditioning installed?
     (3)   How many demountable classrooms are there in public schools in the Wakehurst electorate?
     (4)   How many of these demountable classrooms have air conditioning installed?

     Answer—

     (1) to (4) All demountable classrooms will be air cooled as part of the NSW Government’s commitment
           to air cool all demountable classrooms by June 2005.

*3439 ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES—Mr Hazzard to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) What plans does the Government have to provide adequate administration facilities at Balgowlah
         North Public School?
     (2) When will the Government deliver on its 2002-03 promise to provide $300,000 to Balgowlah North
         Public School, funding which has since been deferred?

     Answer—

     (1) Please refer to my previous answer to Question on Notice 3434.
     (2) In 2002/03 a project to upgrade administration facilities at the school was approved with a budget
         allocation of $300,000. Following consultation with the school, a revised scope of works was
         developed to include:
              an electrical upgrade;
              an upgrade of the boys’ toilet;
              a contribution to the establishment of the relocatable administration building; and
              conversion of the former administration area and adjoining spaces to provide three upgraded
                 classrooms in Block A.
         The electrical upgrade and boys’ toilet upgrade have been completed and a contribution to the
         establishment of the relocatable administration building has been provided to the school. Plans for
         the conversion of the former administration area and adjoining spaces to provide three upgraded
         classrooms in Block A have been completed. Work is scheduled to commence in the first half of
         2005.
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*3440 SCHOOL ROOM SIZE STANDARDS—Mr Hazzard to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and
      Training, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     What plans does the Government have to ensure Balgowlah North Public School meets the Primary
     School Facilities Standards for learning facilities space, as the school has seven permanent classrooms
     with an average size of 56.8 square metres although the standard is 95 square metres?

     Answer—

     During 2003/04, the Department of Education and Training has undertaken a Facilities Review of the
     school in consultation with the school community. The final report from this review was provided to the
     school principal on 17 May 2004.
     The Facilities Review identified a number of possible future capital works projects at the school. An
     indication of the timing of the inclusion of any project in a future capital works program is unable to be
     given at this time.
     The $300,000 minor capital works project being undertaken at this school includes the conversion of the
     former administration area and adjoining spaces to provide three upgraded classrooms in Block A. Plans
     for this work have been completed and the work is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2005.

*3441 DISABILITY ACCESS—Mrs Skinner to Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, and
      Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

     (1) When will the Government keep its promise to install disability access at Carlingford High School,
         so that Daniel Keyzer, who is a spastic quadriplegic, may start year seven at the school in 2005?
     (2) Why hasn’t disabililty access been installed at Carlingford High School, when it was warned three
         years ago that the facilities were needed by 2005?
     (3) When will disability access to the school be commenced, and when will it be completed?

     Answer—

     The NSW Government is spending over $6 million on integration works in 2004/2005.

                                              10 DECEMBER 2004

                                                 (Paper No. 115)

*3442 ABATTOIRS—FUNDING AND ASSISTANCE—Mr George to Minister for Mineral Resources,
      representing the Minister for Primary Industries—

     (1) (a)    Have you or any of your Ministers endorsed or supported any Government funding to an
                abattoir or abattoirs outside the State Government’s $12.1 million restructuring package
                published on 20 November 2000?
         (b)    If so, which abattoirs?
     (2) (a)    Have you or any of your Ministers given an abattoir or abattoirs payroll tax concessions again
                outside the State Government’s $12.1 million restructuring package?
         (b)    If so, which abattoirs?
     (3) (a)    Have you or any of your Ministers given road transport assistance to an abattoir or abattoirs
                outside the State Government’s $12.1 million restructuring package?
         (b)    If so, which abattoirs?
     (4) (a)    Have you or any of your Ministers given Workers Compensation concessions to an abattoir or
                abattoirs?
          (b)   If so, which abattoirs?
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     Answer—

     (1) (a) Yes. Funding support has been allocated to assist abattoirs introduce specialised equipment as
                part of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) for cattle.
           (b) Northern Cooperative Meat Casino, Cargill Foods Wagga and Tamworth, Ramsey Food
                Processing Grafton, Rockdale Beef Yanco, EC Throsby Singleton, MONBEEF Cooma,
                Tolsat/Eversons Wholesalers Frederickton, Burrangong Meat Processors Yanco, AJ Bush &
                Sons Yanco, DA Holdings Moruya, Wollondilly Abattoir Co-op Picton, Northern Tablelands
                Meat Packers Coffs Harbour, Wandael Pastoral/Milton District Meats Milton, Bungabah
                Meats Coonabarabran, Primo Australia Scone, GM Scott Cootamundra.
     (2) to (4) The Department of Primary Industries has not provided assistance in this area.

*3443 DIRECTOR OF RADIATION CONTROL—Mr George to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     (1) What part did the Director of Radiation Control play in the foundation of the health radiation
         guidelines?
     (2) What training was provided or prerequisites required for the appointment of Compliance Radiation
         Experts (CRE)?
     (3) What was the Director of Radiation Control’s involvement in the appointment process of the
         CREs?

     Answer—

     The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has advised that this question probably refers
     to Radiation Guideline 6: Registration Requirements and Industry Best Practice for Ionising Radiation
     Apparatus used in Diagnostic Imaging (the Guideline). The Guideline is a technical document that
     relates specifically to diagnostic imaging apparatus and the safety of its operation.
     The Guideline was developed in collaboration with the NSW Radiation Advisory Council which has
     endorsed it as a mandatory requirement of the radiation protection legislation. It was also subject to
     extensive public consultation prior to its adoption.
     The Director Radiation Control manages the Radiation Control Section of DEC that supports the
     Council. The Director Radiation Control has delegated authority from the Director General of the DEC
     to accredit persons as consulting radiation experts if the applicants meet the specified criteria.
     To obtain accreditation as a Consulting Radiation Expert (CRE) pursuant to the Radiation Control Act
     1990, all applicants must provide evidence that they hold an active radiation licence from DEC to use the
     apparatus for which they are seeking accreditation and must attend a DEC training course in the
     Radiation Control Act 1990 and the Radiation Control Regulation 2003. In addition, there are additional
     mandatory accreditation requirements endorsed by the Advisory Council which differ according to the
     specific apparatus.

*3444 LARGE CARNIVORE SIGHTING—Mr Pringle to Attorney General, and Minister for the
      Environment—

     In view of the spate of recent sightings of a large carnivore in northwest Sydney, will the Minister
     re-open investigations into the matter?

     Answer—

     I am unaware of any such sightings. Nevertheless, responsibility for such investigations would fall within
     the portfolio responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Primary Industries.
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*3445 LARGE CARNIVORE SIGHTING—Mr Pringle to Minister for Mineral Resources, representing the
      Minister for Primary Industries—

      In view of the spate of recent sightings of a large carnivore in northwest Sydney, will the Minister
      re-open investigations into the matter?

      Answer—

      In October 2003, the NSW Department of Primary Industries completed a four-month investigation into
      the possible presence of large cats on the outskirts of Sydney.
      Since the investigation was completed, the Department has received a number of reports and scat
      samples have been analysed.
      The experts from the Australian Museum and Taronga Zoo identified the footprints and scat samples as
      being from a dog.
      While the investigation found no conclusive proof of large cats in this area, the Department will continue
      to investigate any new evidence as it is made available.

*3446 STATE CRIME COMMAND VACANCIES—Mr Debnam to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and
      Minister for Citizenship—

      Of the nine specialist crime squads in State Crime Command, which squads are short of officers, how
      many positions are vacant and for what period has each been vacant?

      Answer—

      NSW Police has advised:
      The number of vacancies within the State Crime Command varies regularly due to retirements,
      promotions and transfers. Recruitment action is undertaken to fill any vacancies.

*3447 POLICE PENSIONS—Mr Debnam to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

      Since 1999, how many officers who appeared before the Police Integrity Commission for corrupt or
      criminal behaviour, or were dismissed by the Police Commissioner, have received police pensions?

      Answer—

      Since the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 1989, it has not been the
      practice of governments in New South Wales to automatically deny access to such benefits following a
      finding of corrupt conduct.

*3448 REJOINEE PROGRAM—Mr Debnam to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship—

      (1) How many police officers rejoined NSW Police through the Rejoinee Program during each of the
          calendar years 2003 and 2004?
      (2) Of these officers, how many have subsequently left NSW Police and in which months did they
          leave?

      Answer—

      NSW Police has advised:
      (1) 49 in total; 25 in 2003 and 23 in 2004.
      (2) 4; one each in April 2003, September 2003, October 2003 and March 2004.
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                                               22 FEBRUARY 2005

                                                  (Paper No. 116)

3449 NEW ENGLAND AREA HEALTH—RENAL PATIENTS—Mr Draper to Minister for Health—

      (1) Has New England Area Health Service been given a directive by the Minister for Health or the
          Western Commander of the NSW Ambulance Service that from March 2004 there is to be no more
          transportation by ambulance of non-urgent renal patients for the purpose of accessing dialysis
          treatment in the New England Area Health Service region?
      (2) If so, what has caused the policy change since the Minister’s answer to my question of 14 January
          2004 regarding transport of non-paying patients such as pensioners and renal patients?
      (3) If the reason for changing policy is based on the cost factor, has consideration been given to
          offering an alternate form of transport for renal patients who are willing to travel by less costly
          means such as by taxi, especially with inter-town travel such as Moree to Tamworth?
      (4) Has consideration been given to providing additional funding to the NSW Ambulance Service so
          that it may transport renal patients?


3450 COURT ESCORTS POLICY—Mr Maguire to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment,
     representing the Minister for Justice, Minister for Fair Trading, Minister Assisting the Minister for
     Commerce, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship—

      (1)   Does the Department of Corrective Services have a policy regarding “court escorts”?
      (2)   Who administers the Policy and its implementation?
      (3)   Why was the Policy developed and with whom?
      (4)   Is the Policy that permanent staff are offered court duty when rostered off?
      (5)   If correct, why is this procedure adopted when casual staff are available?
      (6)   How much has been expended on overtime for permanent staff on court duty 2002/03 – 2003/04?
      (7)   What amount in dollars would an off duty officer receive per hour?
      (8)   What amount in dollars would a casual officer receive per hour?


3451 LOCUST CRISIS—Mr Maguire to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment—

      How much has been spent advertising the locust crisis in New South Wales since 1 July, 2004?


3452 DIABETIC EDUCATORS—Mr Maguire to Minister for Health—

      What is the formula used to allocate diabetic educators to Area Health Services:
          (a) land mass;
          (b) population;
          (c) clients registered with diabetes or
          (d) a mathematical formula?


3453 DEEP WATER PUMPING FROM WARRAGAMBA DAM—Mr Pringle to Minister for Energy and
     Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health
     (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      What is the current status of the proposal to make provision to extract water from the depths of
      Warragamba Dam?
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3454 PERMANENT CLASSROOM AIR-COOLING PROGRAM—Mr Pringle to Minister for Transport,
     representing the Minister for Education and Training—

     With respect to the former Minister’s commitment to air-conditioning permanent classrooms where the
     mean maximum January temperature is or exceeds 30º, and the fact that the Bureau of Meteorology’s
     daily observations of Richmond for January 2004 showed 31.4º and February showed 31.6º, when will
     the following schools gain air-conditioning:
              Hobartville Public
              Windsor South Public
              Mid Dural Public
              Colo High
              Hawkesbury High
              Windsor High?


3455 STANDARD LEP FORMATS AND DEFINITION— Mr Pringle to Minister for Infrastructure and
     Planning, and Minister for Natural Resources—

     When does the Minister propose to implement a standard for Local Enviroment Plans as part of the
     planning reform process?


3456 PRIVATE HOSPITAL BEDS—Mr O’Farrell to Minister for Health

     What was:
         (a) the number of licenced private hospitals beds in NSW at 30 June 1997; and
         (b) the total number of admissions to private hospitals in NSW for the year 1 July 1996 – 30 June
               1997, as recorded by the Department of Health’s Private Health Care Branch?

3457 EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PATIENTS—Mr O'Farrell to Minister for Health—

     What was the percentage of emergency department patients not admitted to a hospital ward within eight
     hours after active treatment started, for the years 1995 and 1996 (at 30 June, as collected through the
     Department of Health’s Emergency Department Information System)?


3458 ELECTIVE CATEGORY 1 AND 2 PATIENTS—Mr O'Farrell to Minister for Health—

     What was the total number of elective category 1 and 2 patients waiting more than 30 days in the years
     1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 (as measured through the Department of Health’s Waiting List
     Collection On-Line System at 30 June)?


3459 GRAFTON DUTY OFFICER—Mr Cansdall to Minister for Police—

     (1) Is the Minister aware that one Duty Officer position from Grafton has been redeployed to Coffs
         Harbour?
     (2) Does this Duty Officer now have to travel 200km or 2 hours daily return trip by road to Grafton to
         oversee his Grafton precinct?
     (3) When will this Duty Officer position be returned to the Grafton area?
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3460 COFFS HARBOUR—CLARENCE LOCAL AREA COMMAND—Mr Constance to Minister for
     Police—

      (1) How many police officers are there in the Coffs Harbour-Clarence Local Area Command (LAC)?
      (2) How many of these police are on sick leave?
      (3) How many police officers from this LAC are on restricted duties?
      (4) Will the Minister be taking any action to ensure there are enough police officers in the Coffs/
          Clarence LAC to adequately perform their duties?
      (5) If so, what action?


3461 COMPUTER TARGET RATIOS—Mrs Skinner to Minister for Transport, representing the Minister for
     Education and Training—

      (1) What is the current ratio of computers to students in NSW Government schools?
      (2) What are the target ratios?


3462 SCHOOL COUNSELLORS—Mrs Skinner to Minister for Transport, representing the Minister for
     Education and Training—

      How many school counsellors were employed to provide services in NSW Government schools in 1995,
      1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004?


3463 ALLOCATION TO SCHOOLS PER TERM—Mrs Skinner to Minister for Transport, representing the
     Minister for Education and Training—

      For each of the calendar years 1999 to 2005, how much money has been allocated to public schools for
      the following time frames and schools:
      (1) For terms 1 and 2 of each year 1999 to 2005 what was the global budget allocation
            (a) to primary schools
            (b) to central schools
            (c) to secondary schools?
      (2) For terms 3 and 4 of each year 1999 to 2005 what was the global budget allocation
            (a) to primary schools
            (b) to central schools
            (c) to secondary schools?
      (3) What classifications, based on numbers of staff and students are used to allocate funds to schools?


3464 ACCESS TO MEDICAL INFORMATION FOR COURT PROCEEDINGS—Mr Aplin to Attorney
     General and Minister for Environment—

      With respect to privacy restrictions preventing solicitors from accessing medical information relating to
      their clients’ mental health:
      (1) Are you aware of a recent case in Albury which caused this situation to be described by the
            magistrate as ‘disgraceful’ and the matter to be referred to the chief magistrate?
      (2) Will you take steps to ensure that solicitors and magistrates can be properly informed and not
            restricted in performing their duties?
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3465 CENTRE-BASED RESPITE IN ALBURY—Mr Aplin to Minister for Community Services, and
     Minister for Youth—

     What plans do you have to develop a centre-based respite response in Albury to manage the existing and
     increasing demand by carers?


3466 HEALTH ALBURY-WODONGA—Mr Aplin to Minister for Health—

     (1) What is the status of the review of the cross-border health agreement?
     (2) What administrative leadership and resources are being applied to enable Albury Base Hospital to
         progress the agreement?
     (3) Will any Albury Base Hospital staff be subject to retrenchment or voluntary redundancy as a result
         of the agreement or of the amalgamation into the Greater Southern Area Health Service?


3467 ROAD SAFETY OFFICERS—Mr Armstrong to Minister for Police—

     (1) How many visits during 2004 have Road Safety Officers made to the schools in the Lachlan
         electorate?
     (2) If any visits have been made, what are the names of the schools visited?
     (3) How many time have they visited those schools?


3468 POLICE NUMBERS—COOLAMON—Mr Armstrong to Minister for Police—

     (1)   What is allocation of police numbers for the town of Coolamon?
     (2)   How many of those positions are currently filled with the officer being on active duty?
     (3)   If any position is not filled, what is the status of that position?
     (4)   Is one of the positions designated as a Sergeant’s positions?
     (5)   If so, is that position filled?


3469 WAVERLY BUS DEPOT—Mr Debnam to Minister for Transport—

     In relation to bus stops:
     Will the Minister direct Waverly Bus depot to urgently work with Waverly Council to establish bus stops
     on Oxford Street between Bondi Road and the Bondi Junction interchange?


3470 DEATH OF MR GEORGE STRACHAN—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

     In relation to Mr George Strachan’s death on 9 February:
     (1) Is an apology due to Mr Strachan’s family for the manner in which his body was removed from the
           F3 crash scene on a tow truck?
     (2) Are you aware that traffic was being diverted around the crash scene and the crash vehicles could
          have been moved a few metres to allow another lane of traffic past the crash scene?
     (3) Will you investigate why a senior police officer radioed an order that ambulance officers leave the
          crash scene and police immediately arrange for the towing of the crash vehicle, still containing Mr
          Strachan’s body?
     (4) Will you assure the public that victims of road deaths will not be treated in this way again?
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                                    Wednesday 23 February 2005


3471 000 CALLS—Mr Debnam to Minister for Police—

      In relation to 000:
      (1) Since the transfer of 000 emergency calls to the Police Assistance Line centre on 27 January, how
           many calls have been made each week?
      (2) How many calls have dropped out each week?
      (3) How many calls were transferred from Tuggerah to the Lithgow call centre each week?
      (4) How many calls were transferred from the PAL call centre to each Police Radio Room each week?


3472 GREATER SOUTHERN AREA                   HEALTH       SERVICE      OUTSTANDING         ACCOUNTS—Ms
     Hodgkinson to Minister for Health—

      (1) Did a Greater Southern Area Health Service spokesperson state to the Goulburn Post (of 19 January
          2005) that at 31 December 2004 Southern Area Health Service had creditors to the value of $2.7
          million outstanding more than the Department of Health mandated 45-day period?
      (2) Why, despite loans from the NSW Department of Health, was the Southern Area Health Service
          unable to meet the mandated requirements of the Department of Health to meet its obligations to
          creditors?
      (3) As at 22 February 2005, how much is owed to creditors, outstanding more than 45 days, by the
          Greater Southern Area Health Service?


3473 E TAG OFFENCES—Ms Hodgkinson to Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for State Development,
     and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Roads, Minister for Economic Reform,
     Minister for Ports and Minister for the Hunter—

      (1) Why was Mr A Oberg of Goulburn required to pay an $8 fee for passing through E-Toll Lane 5 in
          the Sydney Harbour Tunnel on 3 September 2004 (reference number 9595052) when at the time of
          the alleged offence he and his car, registration number AO 3026, were on a farm in the Goulburn
          district?
      (2) Why did the E-Toll Customer Service Centre refuse to take any action in response to Mr Oberg’s
          statement that his car had been incorrectly identified?
      (3) Will you investigate this matter and arrange for a refund of Mr Oberg’s $8 and the provision of a
          written apology to him for this situation?
      (4) How much money has been raised by the NSW Government because of incorrect identification of
          vehicles passing through E-Toll Lanes?


3474 CROWN LAND ENCLOSURE PERMITS—Ms Hodgkinson to Minister for Regional Development,
     Minister for the Illawarra, and Minister for Small Business, representing the Minister for Rural Affairs,
     Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

      (1) What was the annual cost per hectare, to the NSW Government, of administering Crown Land
          Enclosure Permits during 2004?
      (2) Did you take existing market rents for rural lands into consideration when setting the annual rental
          fees for Crown Land of an area less than 20 hectares?
      (3) As, according to the letter from Mr W Watkins, Director General of the Department of Lands, the
          increased charges reflect an ‘appropriate return on Crown Land’ what factors exist which make
          Crown Land more valuable than the surrounding land which cannot attract such high rents per
          hectare?
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                                    Wednesday 23 February 2005

3475 BICYCLE POLICE—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Police—

      (1)   How many bicycle police have been allocated to the Ku-ring-gai Local Area Command?
      (2)   What is the funding allocation to this project (as it relates to Ku-ring-gai LAC)?
      (3)   Have officers commenced bicycle training?
      (4)   Is this commencement behind the planned time frame?
      (5)   When will bicycle patrols be seen around Hornsby and suburbs?


3476 AREA HEALTH SERVICE DEFICIT—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      Is there a budget deficit existing in the Northern Sydney Central Coast Health Service?


3477 AREA HEALTH AMALGAMATION—Mrs Hopwood to Minister for Health—

      (1) What number of people sit on the appointed executive team of the Northern Sydney Central Coast
          Area Health Service?
      (2) Who are they?
      (3) How many people lost their executive appointment when the Northern Sydney Area Health Service
          and Central Coast Area Health Service existed?
      (4) How many staff are employed at the corporate centre?
      (5) How many staff lost their jobs since the two Area Health Services amalgamated?


3478 BAULKHAM HILLS SCHOOL CAPITAL WORKS —Mr Merton to Minister for Transport,
     representing the Minister for Education and Training—

      What capital works have been completed in respect of schools in the electorate of Baulkham Hills
      between 1995 and 2003?


3479 LIGHTRAIL—Mr Merton to Minister for Transport—

      Does the Government have any proposals for a light rail network in the Baulkham Hills area?


3480 LIGHTRAIL— Mr Merton to Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister for Natural
     Resources

      Does the Government have any proposals for a light rail network in the Baulkham Hills area?


3481 TUNNEL FILTRATION—Mr Roberts to Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for State Development,
     and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Roads, Minister for Economic Reform,
     Minister for Ports and Minister for the Hunter—

      (1) What actions have been taken by you in accepting $10 million committed by the Federal
           Government towards the cost of full filtration of the Lane Cove Tunnel?
      (2) Will you now consider combining the cost of the proposed filtration trial with the $10 million from
          the Federal Government, and negotiate with the Lane Cove Tunnel Company to extend the life of
          their toll collection, if applicable, to ensure that the Lane Cove Tunnel is filtered now, having regard
          to savings which could be made in reduced energy costs and if not, why not?
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                           LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
                                    Wednesday 23 February 2005


3482 FILTRATION TRIAL COST—Mr Roberts to Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Roads, Minister for
     Economic Reform, Minister for Ports and Minister for the Hunter—

      (1) What is the total estimated cost to the State Government of running the filtration trial in one of
          Sydney’s road tunnels?
      (2) How is such a cost justified when the size of the equipment has a capacity rated at 50 m3/sec being
          much less than quarter of the air flows under live tunnel operating conditions, and using equipment
          already tested under live tunnel conditions by the manufacturers and other highway authorities?


3483 RETROFITTING FILTRATION COSTS—Mr Roberts to Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Roads, Minister for
     Economic Reform, Minister for Ports and Minister for the Hunter—

      What are the comparative costs for incorporating filtration into the design and construction of the Lane
      Cove Tunnel compared to the more costly and less efficient retrofitting of filtration technology after the
      tunnel is operational?


3484 RAILWAY LAND—Mr Kerr to Minister for Transport—

      Is any consideration being given to the sale of land which forms part of the Cronulla Railway Station?


3485 RAIL TRACK DUPLICATION—Mr Kerr to Minister for Transport—

      What is the completion date for the duplication of railway tracks on the Cronulla line?


3486 SCHOOL CAPITAL WORKS—Mr Kerr to Minister for Transport, representing the Minister for
     Education and Training—

      What capital works have been completed in respect of schools in the Cronulla electorate between 1998
      and 2003?


3487 OVER 85 YEAR OLD DRIVERS—Mr Tink to Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, representing the Minister for Roads, Minister for
     Economic Reform, Minister for Ports and Minister for the Hunter—

      (1) (a) In the 12 months to December 2004 how many drivers over 85 years have been tested at the
              Ryde Office of the RTA?
          (b) How many of these drivers have passed?
          (c) How many of these drivers have failed?
      (2) (a) In the 12 months to December 2004 how many drivers over 85 years have been tested at the
              Thornleigh Office of the RTA?
          (b) How many of these drivers have passed?
          (c) How many of these drivers have failed?
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                          LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
                                   Wednesday 23 February 2005


3488 REDFERN LEGAL CENTRE—Mr Tink to Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment—

      Further to my representations to you dated 21 December 2004 on behalf of the Redfern Legal Centre to
      which I am yet to receive a response:
      (1) Has a decision been made to dispose of the building which currently houses Redfern Local Court?
      (2) If the Courthouse is to be closed have alternative arrangements been made and if so what are these
           arrangements?
      (3) Has the community serviced by Redfern Local Court been, or will it be, consulted on this issue?
      (4) If so, what are the details of this consultation process?


3489 ENCLOSURE PERMITS—Mr Souris to Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra,
     and Minister for Small Business, representing the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local
     Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

      (1) Are enclosure permits EP159246 and EP50218 included in your Department’s Crown Road
          Purchase program?
      (2) If the landholders choose not to purchase the land in question what is the intended Crown rental for
          the two parcels identified above for the next three years?
      (3) Are the roads marked on plans wholly or partly over black soil?
      (4) Are the roads marked on plans the actual road presently in use, and if not, which road is the road
          subject to purchase?
      (5) Where paper Crown roads have been replaced with roads not on black soil, what is the status of
          public use of these roads by school buses and mail contractors?
      (6) Under the circumstances described in (4) and (5) is the Government prepared to engage in a swap of
          land?
      (7) As these “roads” are also affected by flooding, noxious weeds etc. how is market value to be valued
          given the problems identified in (4) and (5)?


3490 SINGLETON OFFICE—Mr Souris to Minister for Mineral Resources—

      (1) Will your guarantee that the Singleton office of the Department of Mineral Resources will remain
          open and that the lease of the office would be renewed, still be maintained?
      (2) Will the Singleton office maintain the range of services?
      (3) Did the coal geologist at the Singleton office resign in January 2005?
      (4) Do you intend to replace the coal geologist position at the Singleton office?
      (5) Has the coal geologist position been advertised?
      (6) When is it expected to fill the vacant coal geologist position at the Singleton office?


3491 PROBATIONARY CONSTABLES—Mr Souris to Minister for Police—

      (1) How many probationary constables either graduated or are due to graduate in the first graduation for
          the 2005 calendar year?
      (2) To which Local Area Commands will these probationary constables be assigned, by LAC and what
          is the number to be assigned?
      (3) What is the percentage ratio of probationary constables assigned to Local Area Commands in:
           (a) The Greater Metropolitan Area of Sydney,
           (b) Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas,
           (c) Wollongong local government area,
           (d) Country NSW outside of (a), (b) and (c) above?
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                          LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
                                   Wednesday 23 February 2005


3492 CORRESPONDENCE—JODIE COLE—Mr Constance to Minister for Housing—

      When will the Minister respond to the correspondence of Moruya resident Jodie Cole?


3493 SHOALHAVEN CITY COUNCIL—SEWAGE SCHEME—Mr Constance to Minister for Energy and
     Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health
     (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

      (1) Will a subsidy be provided to Shoalhaven City Council to assist with the Lake Tabourie Sewerage
          Scheme?
      (2) When will the Minister respond to the email of local residents Tom and Kath Shields, which was
          sent in November?


3494 IPART RECOMMENDATIONS —Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

      In view of the Mid North Coast’s rapid rate of population growth, especially elderly population, what is
      your response to the IPART’s recommendations of December 2002, as follows:
      “Revise Resource Distribution Formula. The RDF has guided the redistribution of health resources to
          better match the projected needs of the population”
      “There must be a RDF for capital allocations made on a more arbitrary basis having less regard for
          equity issues. Some areas have not received a fair share of funding for capital works”?


3495 KEMPSEY DISTRICT HOSPITAL—Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

      Given the former Minister’s commitment in early 2003 for a new district hospital at Kempsey and the
      priority given to a new Kempsey District Hospital in the Area Asset Strategic Plan, what is the time
      frame for commencement of a new hospital at Kempsey?


3496 MENTAL HEALTH REPORT—Mr Stoner to Minister for Health—

      What is the status of the report on Mental Health, including Housing and Accommodation Support, and
      Rehabilitation for Mental Health, commenced by the then Mid North Coast Area Health Service in 2003?


3497 FORSTER IRON MAN TRIATHLON—Mr J.H. Turner to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister
     for Citizenship—

      (1) Did you write in or about August 2003, acknowledging that the Forster Iron Man Triathlon was a
          world class event and that representatives of the NSW Major Events Board had “recently” met with
          organisers of the Forster Iron Man Triathlon to discuss the potential for a joint initiative between
          the Forster event, the Port Macquarie Triathlon and the Coffs Harbour Accenture Series Short
          Course Triathlon Championship?
      (2) When was such meeting held?
      (3) Where was that meeting held?
      (4) Who attended that meeting?
      (5) What was the outcome of such meeting?
      (6) Did the meeting propose a practical way that the three events could adopt a collective approach to
          the funding, operations and marketing of events over the period 2004-06?
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      (7) If so, what funding has been received under any collective approach by each event for the year
            2004?
      (8) If so, what funding is expected to be received by each event for the years 2005 and 2006?
      (9) If no funding was made available in 2004 for all or any of the events, why was it not made
            available?
      (10) If no funding is anticipated in 2005 and 2006 for either year, why is it not anticipated?
      (11) (a) What action was taken by the Major Events Board or any other government agency
                 concerning the operation and marketing of the events in 2004?
            (b) What actions were taken in the operations and marketing area for each of the events?
      (12) If no action was taken in the operations and marketing areas for any of the events, why wasn’t it
           taken?
      (13) (a) What action is anticipated to be taken by the Major Events Board or any other government
                 agency concerning the operations and marketing of the events for the years 2005 and 2006?
            (b) What actions are anticipated in the operations and marketing areas for each of the events?
      (14) If no action is anticipated in the operations and marketing areas for any of the events, why is it so
           anticipated?


3498 RURAL FIRE SERVICE—PINDIMAR-BUNDABAH—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Police,
     representing the Minister for Emergency Services—

      (1) Does the Pindimar-Bundabah Rural Fire Service operate out of a property in Tea Gardens?
      (2) If so, who owns such property?
      (3) If so, is the Minister or his department aware of any proposal to close down or otherwise affect the
           operations of the Pindimar-Bundabah Rural Fire Service in Tea Gardens?
      (4) If so, in what manner?
      (5) If so, why?
      (6) Is there any proposal to remove the Pindimar-Bundabah Rural Fire Service from any property that
           they may occupy in Tea Gardens to enable the NSW Fire Brigade to use such premises?
      (7) If so, why?
      (8) If so, what arrangements will be made for the Pindimar-Bundabah Rural Fire Service that presently
           operates out of Tea Gardens?
      (9) Does the Pindimar-Bundabah Rural Fire Service operating out of Tea Gardens assist in the Tea
           Gardens town and adjacent highway?
      (10) If so, would that assistance be affected by the closure of any premises from which the Pindimar-
           Bundabah Rural Fire Service operates in Tea Gardens?
      (11) If so, how does the Minister or his department justify any such closure?
      (12) If the Minister or his department is anticipating such a closure and handing over the premises to the
           NSW Fire Brigades will the Minister stop this proposed action?
      (13) If not, why not?


3499 TAREE WEST PUBLIC SCHOOL—Mr J.H. Turner to Minister for Transport, representing the Minister
     for Education and Training—

      Will Taree West Public School receive funds in the next budget for a school hall?
      If not, why not?


3500 THE COFFS/CLARENCE LOCAL AREA COMMAND—Mr Cansdell to Minister for Police—

      Is the Minister aware of the escalating youth anti-social behaviour in the Clarence Valley?
      Will the Minister support the request from the Coffs/Clarence LAC for two Aboriginal Community
      Liaison Officers for the Clarence area as a major initiative to help reduce this scourge on society?
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3501 STUDENT NUMBERS—Mr Collier to Minister for Transport, representing the Minister for Education
     and Training—

      What is the number of students attending:
      (1) Endeavour High School in 2000 and 2005?
      (2) Cronulla High School in 2000 and 2005?
      (3) Caringbah High School in 2000 and 2005?
      (4) Woolooware High School in 2000 and 2005?




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