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Inquiry Name:

Inquiry into 2011 Kimberley Ultramarathon Event

Date Commenced:03/01/2012
Date Ended:08/16/2012
Inquiry Status:Past

Committee Name:

Economics and Industry Committee (2008 - 2013)

House:Legislative Assembly

Members Conducting Inquiry
Members:Dr Michael (Mike) Dennis Nahan MLA
Mr William (Bill) Joseph Johnston MLA
Mr Michael (Mick) Philip Murray MLA
Ms Andrea Ruth Mitchell MLA
Mr Ian Charles Blayney MLA
Co-opted Members:Hon. Michelle Hopkins Roberts MLA



Staff Members: Mr Timothy Hughes, BA (Hons) (Principal Research Officer)
Mrs Kristy Bryden, BA, BCom (Research Officer)

Contact Details

Phone No:9222 7496
Fax No:9222 7804
Email: Click here to send an email to the Committee Office

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.


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.

Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Committee of the Legislative Assembly
Giving Evidence to a Parliamentary Committee of the Legislative Assembly



Deadline for Submissions:
04/04/2012

Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms, Level 1/11 Harvest Tce, West Perth

Hearing Dates:

Date

Time

Venue

Organisation

Witnesses

Broadcasted In

Pub/Priv

04/20/201211:00 AMTourism WA
04/20/201201:30 PMDepartment of Environment and Conservation
04/20/201203:00 PMDepartment of Health
04/23/201209:30 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraFESA
04/23/201211:00 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraWA Police
04/23/201201:00 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraShire of Wyndham East Kimberley / Kununurra Visitors Centre
04/23/201202:15 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraSt John Ambulance
04/23/201203:30 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraHeliwork WA
04/24/201209:00 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraLocal Residents - (Race Volunteers)
04/24/201210:30 AMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraLocal Residents - (Race Volunteers)
04/24/201212:30 PMKununurra Shire Offices, 115 Coolibah Drive, KununurraLocal landholders
04/30/201210:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room TwoMs Turia Pitt, Ms Kate Sanderson and Mr Michael Hull
05/02/201209:30 AMRacingThePlanet Events Limited
05/09/201209:45 AMTourism WA
05/09/201211:00 AMMinister for Tourism
05/09/201201:00 PMMr Andy Hewat (via video link)
05/09/201202:15 PMDepartment of Regional Development and Lands
05/09/201203:30 PMAustralian Ultra Runners Association (AURA)
05/10/201201:45 PMBeyond Action (via video link)
05/10/201203:00 PMTourism Council WA LACO
05/23/201210:20 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room TwoFire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (via video link) LACO

Tabling Date:
06/21/2012
On 13 June 2012, the Legislative Assembly agreed to extend the Inquiry's reporting deadline to 16 August 2012

Related Written Submissions:

Written Submission by Mr John Storey on 19 Mar 2012
Written Submission by Western Australia Police on 29 Mar 2012
Written Submission by Department of Health on 2 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr John Jacoby (Rapid Ascent) on 2 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Fire and Emergency Services Authority on 3 Apr 2012
Written Submission by St John Ambulance WA on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Gadens Lawyers on Behalf of Delaware North El Questro Pty Ltd on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Greg Robinson (Victorian Rogaining Association) on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Tourism WA on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Greg Walsh and Co Solicitors on behalf of Turia Pitt, Michael Hull, Shaun Ven Der Merwe, Martin Van Der Merwe and Hal Benson on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Lon Croot on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Matt Meckenstock on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by RacingThePlanet Events Limited on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Ms Beverley Puls on 4 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley on 5 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Department of Environment and Conservation on 5 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Paul Cripps on 10 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Ian Sanderson on 11 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Andrew Baker on 11 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Geoff Taylor on 11 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Andrew Hewat on 12 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Ms Kate Sanderson on 13 Apr 2012
Written Submission by Mr Nathan Summers on 15 May 2012
Written Submission by Karunjie Event Management on 17 May 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 20/04/2012
• 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 20/04/2012
• Evidence by Dr Andrew Robertson (Acting Executive Director, Public Health and Clinical Services, Western Australian Department of Health) on 20/04/2012
• 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 23/04/2012
• Evidence by Mr Paul Cripps (Operations Manager/Pilot, Heliwork WA), Mr Bryn Watson (Pilot/Paramedic, Heliwork WA) on 23/04/2012
• Evidence by Mr Craig Waters (District Manager, Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit, Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia) on 23/04/2012
• Evidence by Mrs Nadia Donnelly (General Manager, Kununurra Visitor Centre), Mr Gary Gaffney (Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Wyndham–East Kimberley) on 23/04/2012
• 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 23/04/2012
• Evidence by Mr James Salerno (Cattle Operator/Landowner, Salerno Pastoral) on 24/04/2012
• Evidence by Mr Lon Croot (Volunteer), Mr Frederic Mills (Former Shire President, Shire of Wyndham–East Kimberley) on 24/04/2012
• Evidence by Mr John Storey (Farmer), Mrs Ann-Marie Storey (Farmer): on 24/04/2012
• 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 30/04/2012
• Evidence by Ms Mary Gadams (Founder/CEO, RacingThePlanet Events Limited) on 02/05/2012
• Evidence by Mr Andrew Hewat (Race Director, Great Ocean Walk 100, Bogong2Hotham) on 09/05/2012
• 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 09/05/2012
• Evidence by Mr Robert Boyce (President, Australian Ultra Runners Assoication) and Miss Bernadette Benson (Vice President, Australian Ultra Runners Association on 09/05/2012
• Evidence by Hon. Dr Kim Hames, MLA (Minister for Tourism; Health) on 09/05/2012
• Evidence by Mrs Stephanie Buckland (Chief Executive Officer, Tourism WA) and Ms Kate Lamont (Chairman, Tourism WA) on 09/05/2012
• Evidence by Mr Evan Hall (Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Council WA) on 10/05/2012
• Evidence by Mr Tony Stevenson (Fire Services Manager, East Kimberley, Fire and Emergency Services Authority) on 23/05/2012

Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:

• Related Document: Mr John Storey - Supplementary Item A - Response to Questions on Notice