12 March 1991 - Current
Ms SHEED (Shepparton) — (Question 927) My question is to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water. The southern Australia seasonal outlook 2015–16 released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre indicates that most of Victoria will experience an above-normal season due to a lack of rain and drying conditions across southern Australia. This outlook is used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions on prescribed fire management for the upcoming fire season.
The Barmah National Park is in my electorate. Many constituents in my electorate have brought to my attention the very high risk posed by a combination of a high fire danger day, strong winds and a fire in that national park. Locals who know the landscape only too well are fearful of the inferno that could result in circumstances endangering not only the Ramsar-listed national park but also adjoining farmland and towns.
I ask the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water to advise on what steps have been taken to prepare for the forthcoming above-normal fire season in the park.