$7m to go to removing burnt tree threats

$7m to go to removing burnt tree threats

09 May 2013

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — The Victorian Government has committed $34 million in the state budget to planned burning programs.

There is also $7 million to remove burnt trees from public land.

Environment Minister Ryan Smith says there are dead, burnt trees in parts of the state from bushfires a decade ago and they could be dangerous if they are not removed.

He says funding for planned burning was an election promise.

“That money’s to fulfil our election commitment to implement the Bushfire Royal Commission’s recommendation that we should be doing far more planned burning than what had previously [been] done,” he said.

“Our commitment to protecting country communities is solid and this money supports that commitment, making sure that we can deliver.”

He says the work will focus on areas of highest risk.

“Because they’re fire affected they can fall across tracks that firefighters use to clear land and also onto public roads as well,” he said.

“This commitment of $7 million is to begin to remove some of those trees from areas where they can potentially cause fatal damage.”

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