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Inquiry into 2011 Kimberley Ultramarathon Event


Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:01 Mar 2012
Tabling date:21 Jun 2012
Deadline for submissions:04 Apr 2012
Date Ended:16 Aug 2012
Committee:Economics and Industry Committee (2008 - 2013)
House:Legislative Assembly
Important Information:Transcripts of evidence given at public hearings in this Inquiry is listed below under the heading Related Transcripts of Evidence. Speaker’s Procedural Rule No. 11 provides If a person or body requests an opportunity to respond to evidence given in open session which significantly reflects adversely on that person or body, an opportunity will be given to make a written submission and if the committee thinks fit, to have access to the evidence. Should you feel that you have been adversely affected by evidence given in a public hearing during this Inquiry, you are welcome to provide a written submission to the Committee in accordance with this Rule.

The Committee would appreciate receiving any such submissions by Friday 28 June 2012. The Committee will use these responses to inform its deliberations. All submissions shall become the property of the Committee. The Committee reserves the right to publish or refer to any or all of the written responses, either in whole, redacted or in part. Please note that this Rule only applies to evidence given during a public hearing. Please call Mr Scott Nalder, Clerk Assistant (Committees), on (08) 9222 7398 if you require further information.
Terms of Reference:On 1 March 2012, the Legislative Assembly referred to the following terms of reference to the Economics and Industry Standing Committee:


That the Economics and Industry Standing Committee investigate and report by 21 June on the 2011 Kimberley Ultramarathon event held by RacingThePlanet (RTP) which resulted injuries to a number of participants. The investigation will include:

a) whether RTP took all reasonable steps to identify and reduce risks and maintain the safety of competitors, employees, contractors, spectators and volunteers in the preparation for and the running of the event and in responding to the fire and the injuries, including access to medical support and evacuations;

b) the extent to which the terms and conditions applied by an event organiser to employees, volunteers and competitors and any associated sponsorship agreement with WA Tourism should reasonably protect the safety and interests of competitors, employees, contractors, volunteers and spectators;

c) insurance and civil liabilities matters and the appropriateness of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (Western Australia) provisions regarding liability of operators and organisation of recreational activities particularly of a high risk nature;

d) the extent to which WA Tourism adequately assessed the qualifications, capability, experience, and capacity of RTP to organise, promote and run the event safely and with appropriate protections to competitors, employees, contractors, volunteers and spectators and the extent to which these should be assessed for future events;

e) the role and actions of Western Australian government departments and agencies, including WA Tourism, DEC, FESA, Police and Health departments and local governments in respect of the event and the protection and rescue of competitors, employees, contractors, volunteers and spectators; and

f) whether there are measures that should be taken by government to ensure the risks including bush fires in remote areas in the context of extreme sporting events are adequately identified and addressed.


Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms, Level 1/11 Harvest Tce, West Perth
DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastTranscript
20 Apr 201211:00 AMTourism WA
20 Apr 201201:30 PMDepartment of Environment and Conservation
20 Apr 201203:00 PMDepartment of Health
23 Apr 201209:30 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraFESA
23 Apr 201211:00 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraWA Police
23 Apr 201201:00 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraShire of Wyndham East Kimberley / Kununurra Visitors Centre
23 Apr 201202:15 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraSt John Ambulance
23 Apr 201203:30 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraHeliwork WA
24 Apr 201209:00 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraLocal Residents - (Race Volunteers)
24 Apr 201210:30 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraLocal Residents - (Race Volunteers)
24 Apr 201212:30 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraLocal landholders
30 Apr 201210:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room TwoMs Turia Pitt, Ms Kate Sanderson and Mr Michael Hull
02 May 201209:30 AMRacingThePlanet Events Limited
09 May 201209:45 AMTourism WA
09 May 201211:00 AMMinister for Tourism
09 May 201201:00 PMMr Andy Hewat (via video link)
09 May 201202:15 PMDepartment of Regional Development and Lands
09 May 201203:30 PMAustralian Ultra Runners Association (AURA)
10 May 201201:45 PMBeyond Action (via video link)
10 May 201203:00 PMTourism Council WAYes
23 May 201210:20 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room TwoFire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (via video link)Yes
Videos:
On 13 June 2012, the Legislative Assembly agreed to extend the Inquiry's reporting deadline to 16 August 2012
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Mr Keiran McNamara (Director General, Department of Environment and Conservation), Mr Luke Bentley (Acting East Kimberley District Manager, Department of Environment and Conservation) on 20 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Tourism WA - Mr Glenn Hamilton (Director Events, Eventscorp), Mr David Lowe (Acting Chief Executive Officer, Tourism WA) and Mr Gwyn Dolphin (Executive Director, Eventscorp) on 20 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Dr Andrew Robertson (Acting Executive Director, Public Health and Clinical Services, Western Australian Department of Health) on 20 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Assistant Commissioner Michael Burnby (Police Officer, WA Police), Superintendent Michael Sutherland (Kimberley Police District Officer, WA Police), Detective Senior Constable Robert Seaman (Police Officer, Arson Squad, WA Police), First Class Constable Krystle Duckett (Police Officer, Wyndham Police Station, WA Police), First Class Constable Robert Wolfe (Police Officer, WA Police) on 23 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Craig Waters (District Manager, Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit, Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia) on 23 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Paul Cripps (Operations Manager/Pilot, Heliwork WA), Mr Bryn Watson (Pilot/Paramedic, Heliwork WA) on 23 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mrs Nadia Donnelly (General Manager, Kununurra Visitor Centre), Mr Gary Gaffney (Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Wyndham–East Kimberley) on 23 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Sarel De Koker (Community Paramedic, St John Ambulance), Mr Matthew Maywald (Operations Manager, St John Ambulance), Mr Philip Strapp (Regional Manager, St John Ambulance) on 23 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mr James Salerno (Cattle Operator/Landowner, Salerno Pastoral) on 24 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Lon Croot (Volunteer), Mr Frederic Mills (Former Shire President, Shire of Wyndham–East Kimberley) on 24 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mr John Storey (Farmer), Mrs Ann-Marie Storey (Farmer): on 24 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Michael Hull (Competitor, RacingThePlanet Kimberley Ultramarathon), Miss Turia Pitt (Competitor, RacingThePlanet Kimberley Ultramarathon), Miss Kate Sanderson (Competitor, RacingThePlanet Kimberley Ultramarathon), Mr Shaun Van Der Merwe (Competitor, RacingThePlanet Kimberley Ultramarathon), Mr Greg Walsh (Counsel Assisting Miss Pitt) on 30 Apr 2012
Evidence by.. Ms Mary Gadams (Founder/CEO, RacingThePlanet Events Limited) on 2 May 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Andrew Hewat (Race Director, Great Ocean Walk 100, Bogong2Hotham) on 9 May 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Robert Boyce (President, Australian Ultra Runners Assoication) and Miss Bernadette Benson (Vice President, Australian Ultra Runners Association on 9 May 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Paul Rosair (Director General, Department of Regional Development and Lands), Mr Declan Morgan (Director, State Land Services, Department of Regional Development and Lands) and Mr Colin Slattery (Director, Regional Investment, Department for Regional Development and Lands) on 9 May 2012
Evidence by.. Hon. Dr Kim Hames, MLA (Minister for Tourism; Health) on 9 May 2012
Evidence by.. Mrs Stephanie Buckland (Chief Executive Officer, Tourism WA) and Ms Kate Lamont (Chairman, Tourism WA) on 9 May 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Evan Hall (Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Council WA) on 10 May 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Tony Stevenson (Fire Services Manager, East Kimberley, Fire and Emergency Services Authority) on 23 May 2012