The Fire Danger Rating Meter is based on the forecast weather conditions and gives you advice about the level of bushfire threat on a particular day. When the rating is high, the threat of a bushfire increases.
When the Fire Danger Rating Meter is Extreme or Catastrophic for your area it means any fires that start are likely to be so fierce that even a well prepared, well constructed and actively defended home may not survive a fire.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency declares a Total Fire Ban when necessary to prevent the outbreak or spread of fires. On Total Fire Ban days you are not allowed to light, use or maintain a fire in the open air.
Each quarter, ACT Policing issues crime statistics illustrating the offences reported or becoming known in suburbs across Canberra.
The selected offences highlighted in the statistics include: assault, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, other theft (such as shoplifting and fraud) and property damage. It is important to note that these numbers may fluctuate as new complainants come forward, more Traffic Infringement Notices are downloaded into the system, or when complaints are withdrawn.
It should also be noted that the individual geographical areas will not combine to the ACT totals due to the exclusion of rural sectors and other regions.
It is important for the community to understand there may be a straight-forward explanation for a spike in offences in their neighbourhood.
For example, sexual offences in Narrabundah increased from two in the January to March last year, to 32 in the first quarter of 2012. These 32 sexual offences relate to one historical case which was reported to police in January 2012, and which has since been finalised.
The smaller the number of reported offences involved, the greater the chance for a dramatic percentage increase.
The Planning and Development Act 2007 requires the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to keep a register of contaminated sites. Sites are included on the register if the EPA requests a review of an assessment of contaminated land by an approved contaminated land auditor or they have received notification of the need for an audit from an approved auditor.