Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Bushfire Season – Fuel Load Management

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:18): My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. This year, 2020, has been a very hard year for so many Victorians. While our focus is rightly centered on navigating COVID-19, we must not forget about those who began the year fleeing fire-ravaged towns. Hazard reduction burn-offs and proper fuel load management are vitally important in ensuring that wildfires can be contained. We now know that insufficient burn-offs were a major contributing factor to last summer’s catastrophic bushfires. My electorate of Western Victoria houses many beautiful natural parks, which are unfortunately the perfect place for these fires to begin and spread. My question to the minister is: what additional steps is the state government taking specifically in Western Victoria to ensure that adequate fuel load management is undertaken prior to the upcoming bushfire season?


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