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Committee calls for fire season preparedness submissions


WESTERN Victoria MP Simon Ramsay has urged western Victorians to consider contributing to the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee’s inquiry into fire season preparedness.


After a strong public response, the deadline for community input has been extended to July 29.

Mr Ramsay, who sits on the committee, said interested parties had an opportunity to make their communities safer by submitting feedback for the inquiry.

“We want as many people as possible to share their views and experiences with the committee, whether they are farmers, emergency services volunteers, people from water authorities, local councils, and especially residents in high-risk areas,” he said.

“The inquiry will examine the level of preparation and planning that is undertaken for fire seasons, focusing on the work of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and agencies including Parks Victoria.

“The Committee will examine how effectively preventative burning keeps the community safe, as well as its impacts on climate, vegetation, and threatened species.

“Each issue discussed will be significant to regional communities that face the threat of bushfires every year.

“By submitting information or concerns to the committee, you can help ensure agencies are taking the best co-ordinated approach towards planning and preparation for fire seasons.”

For further details go to http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/epc/article/3022

Electronic submissions can be sent by email to epc@parliament.vic.gov.au or submitted using the eSubmissions form.

If you have any questions about the Inquiry, please contact the Committee on 03 8682 2869 or epc@parliament.vic.gov.au