Tasmanian Government makes ‘significant progress’ in reducing summer bushfire risk

Tasmanian Government makes ‘significant progress’ in reducing summer bushfire risk

31 December 2013

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia –Tasmanian communities threatened by bushfires will be alerted earlier in the future under a policy change adopted by the State Government.

Issuing warnings before a fire is burning out of control is among the 103 recommendations from an inquiry into the 2013 January bushfires, which destroyed more than 200 properties.

The State Government accepted all of the recommendations in the report, which was released in October.

It has set aside $1.5 million so far to adopt them, and believes it has made significant progress in reducing the risk of another catastrophic bushfire this summer.

The Premier, Lara Giddings, says 26 of the 30 recommendations designated for immediate action have been implemented, including new guidelines to support aerial firefighters.

Landowners have been given advice on fuel reduction in a new booklet.

Ms Giddings says another four recommendations will be acted on in the next six months.

The State Opposition says the government should have provided immediate funding to increase fuel reduction burns throughout the state.

The Liberals have promised to spend $28 million to burn 60,000 hectares of public land each year if it wins the March state election.

The Premier says her government is working on a strategic fuel reduction program and is not focused on meeting arbitrary targets.

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