The coastal villages are more at risk from bushfires, because of Daniel Andrews’ never-ending war on the CFA and the impact it has had on local back burning operations.
Prescribed burning conducted by the CFA is critically important to keep the community safe from out of control bushfires.
The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission found that “prescribed burning is one of the main tools for fire management on public land”.
But in Parliament today, Daniel Andrews dodged questions about a letter from the CFA linking his failure to do enough planned burning due to the loss of thousands of CFA volunteers.
In a recent letter to all CFA volunteers from the Project Manager of the CFA’s ‘Planned Burning Taskforce Pilot’ it stated: “CFA’s capacity to undertake planned burning has been restricted by a lack of volunteer numbers.”
The most recent CFA Annual Report reveals that there were 3,749 fewer operational volunteers in June 2018 than in June 2014. The report the Andrews Labor Government refused to release before the election and then attempted to hide by tabling it at 5 pm in the week before Christmas.
Comments attributable to Neale Burgess MP – State Member for Hastings
“Our brave firefighters risk their lives to protect us from deadly bushfires which is why it’s so important that we protect those that protect us.
Since Daniel Andrews became Premier, the number of operational volunteer firefighters plunged from 38,335 in June 2014 to 34,586 in June 2018. That’s 3,749 less operational firefighters available to conduct back burning and a huge reduction in the surge capacity to protect Victorians.
It is obvious to everyone that lives in the coastal villages of Blind Bight, Warneet, Cannons Creek and Tooradin that less local CFA volunteers on the ground puts our community at risk.
These are the real consequences of Daniel Andrews’ war on CFA volunteers that is now putting Victorians at risk.”