LOCAL state member of parliament Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) is calling on the Labor Government to consult with local communities on planned burns.
During this week’s parliamentary sitting Mr McCurdy asked the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville to visit the North East and meet with community members regarding planned burns.
“Fuel reduction is very important in our region, at no stage is anybody wanting to reduce or eliminate planned burns or fuel reduction; it is just about stakeholders being able to have a say through the process,” Mr McCurdy said.
“It is a difficult matter and a delicate balance act to get right, but it would be important for the minister to come up and hear about a few of the concerns from my constituents, particularly those from the King Valley, Myrtleford, Bright and Harrietville.
Mr McCurdy put forward a request on behalf of Wines of the King Valley president John Darling that burns start after Easter, when grape harvesting is nearing completion.
“I know there is a delicate balancing act in all of that.
“The smoke can impact the quality of the grape, and it is also off-putting to tourists when the picturesque valley they choose to visit is covered in smoke haze,” he said.