Talks provide fuel for thought

CONSULTATIONS will commence between the State Government and community and stakeholder groups regarding bushfires.

CONSULTATIONS will commence between the State Government and community and stakeholder groups regarding the future direction of bushfire fuel management on public land in Victoria.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville and Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett released the Review of Performance Targets for Bushfire Fuel Management on Public Land, by Inspector-General for Emergency Management.

The review makes four recommendations in moving forward in Victoria’s fuel management, including a shift away from a hectare-based fuel reduction target to a risk-reduction target, which is the same view of the Bushfire Royal Commission implementation Monitor.

Minister Neville said the consultation process between communities and stakeholders was key to finding out how to implement fuel reduction burns.

“Labor’s approach to fuel management will focus on how we can best protect communities and we will now consult with local communities, experts and fire management agencies,” she said.

“The Andrews Labor Government will ensure that local values and knowledge play a key role in Victoria’s changing approach to fuel management.”

Earlier this year, the Government asked the Inspector-General for Emergency Management to review the current approaches to fuel management and provide recommendations on future performance targets.

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