Canberrans play their part in bushfire plan

Released 07/04/2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today encouraged Canberrans to continue to have their say on bushfire management in the ACT with the last of the face-to-face meetings this week into the review of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan (SBMP).

"It has been encouraging to see the community participate in the review of the SBMP since the call went out two months ago by the ACT Emergency Services Agency," Mr Corbell said.

"Meetings at Tharwa, Hall, Weston Creek and Symonston over the past two weeks have been a success with the community providing constructive input into the review of the plan.

"This week, residents living on the edge of the bush interface in Canberra suburbs will also get their chance to engage with ACT Government representatives with evening meetings tomorrow at Jamison and Thursday at Kambah.

"Bushfire management is a joint responsibility of the ACT Government and the community, and this week's sessions will continue the collaborative efforts to update the plan."

The ESA will continue its engagement with the community on the revised SBMP until late May 2014 with a series of opportunities through its website, and social media channels. This includes a special one hour Twitter Forum on 14 April.

"Once a revised draft of the SBMP has been prepared, it will be provided to the community for final comment in July 2014. This revised plan will include input from the community consultation meetings over the past few weeks as well as input and advice from key stakeholders such as the ACT Bushfire Council and other Government agencies.

"It is pleasing to see that already more than 260 people are following the SBMP facebook page, keeping updated on the review.  I strongly encourage all members of the community to continue to engage in the development in this plan."

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