My constituency question is for the Minister for Emergency Services and relates to the frustration for local fire responders in my electorate because Parks Victoria and Forest Fire Management Victoria are unable to operate in an FRV area.

During an incident at Kaluna Park in January, it took three hours for permission to be gained for Parks Victoria to be able to access the Reserve because it was a designated FRV area.  Local residents, indeed our firefighters on the ground, need legislative supports in place to enable them to cooperate effectively when responding to a fire.

I ask the Minister to advise when the agreement between the FRV and FFMVic will be finalised, to establish supportive arrangements for both agencies in managing fire incidents and eliminate this restrictive red tape.