The Mayor of the South Australian city of Port Lincoln has supported a proposal by the Liberal Party to change laws regarding native vegetation and bushfire prevention.
The Liberals’ proposal is to amend legislation so the Country Fire Service laws override the Native Vegetation Act, allowing easier clearance of land.
Port Lincoln Mayor Peter Davis says at the moment no bushfire prevention can be done unless it is signed off by the Native Vegetation Council, a process that he says takes too long and puts lives at risk.
He says when it comes to bushfire prevention, native vegetation should not be the priority.
“I’m a conservationist, okay? I’ve won conservation awards, but that desire to preserve the environment does not mean that we preserve greenery at all costs,” he said.