My question is to the Minister for the Environment.
It follows the recent release of VAGO’s Reducing Bushfire Risks audit.
For my electorate of Northern Victoria, much of that audit’s content is highly relevant and topical after last summer’s disastrous bushfires and given that another fire season is now imminent.
I refer particularly to Recommendation 13, which the Government is reported to have accepted. This specifies the Minister’s Department (together with Parks Victoria, the CFA, FRV and local councils) should collect empirical evidence after bushfire events to assess the effectiveness of different fuel management treatments, including planned burning, mulching, slashing and mineral earth breaks.
I ask the Minister: what parts of that work have already been undertaken (and how) in Northern Victoria, in the wake of last season’s fires – and when will the remaining parts of it be completed?