January 6, 2020

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan is reminding members of the community that they can have their say in an ‘Inquiry into the Impact of Vegetation Management policy on Bushfires’.

Mr Tehan said he welcomed the inquiry and its assessment of the impact of changes to state vegetation clearing laws, when Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud announced it in early December 2019.

“In response to concerns raised while meeting with communities in Wannon impacted by bushfire, I am reminding community members that they have the opportunity to provide important input on vegetation management,” said Mr Tehan.

Mr Tehan said ‘while he was prompting community members across Wannon of this opportunity, he was mindful and respectful that many people across Australia were still facing bushfire activity”.

The Committee will inquire into and report on the efficacy of past and current vegetation and land management policy, practice and legislation and their effect on the intensity and frequency of bushfires and subsequent risk to property, life and the environment. The inquiry will have particular regard to:
• Past and current practices of land and vegetation management;
• Whether current legislation and regulation is in conflict or causes confusion for landholders;
• The science and research behind activities such as hazard reduction burning, clearing and rehabilitation;
• Legislative capability at local, state and federal levels requiring landholders to reduce fire risk on their properties;
• The impact of severe fires on the economy in urban, regional, rural and remote areas;
• The progress and implementation of mitigation strategies recommended in state reviews over the last decade; and
• The role that emergency services have working with land management officials in managing fire risk.

I encourage community members with interests in vegetation and land management and emergency services to get involved.

Public contributions to the inquiry will be accepted until 28 February 2020.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings at various locations, which will be announced on the inquiry website.

Submissions must address the inquiry’s terms of reference, which are available along with details on how to submit on the inquiry website.

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