Help shape bushfire management in the ACT

Released 19/02/2014



Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today called on all Canberrans to help shape bushfire management in the ACT by participating in a review of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan (SBMP).

"The ACT Emergency Services Agency will start a community consultation process with a call for comment through local media, online and social media as well as a series of public meetings," Mr Corbell said.

"The government's key message for the review, 'Living on the edge – help shape bushfire management in the ACT', is designed to grab the attention of Canberrans living in at risk areas (where the city meets the bush) and people who travel through or use these areas for recreation activities."

"The core principles that underlay the current plan remain sound and will carry over into the revised plan, including the ACT's hazard reduction burning program, which will continue to be undertaken to reduce fuel loads in an environmentally sustainable manner."

Some key themes have also been identified for the review. These include:

  • Vulnerable people at risk during bushfires;
  • Ensuring the community better understands the risks of living in bushfire prone areas;
  • Urban Vegetation Management to identify better gardening techniques to ensure household gardens do not become fire hazards.

"I encourage all rural land holders, and the urban community, particularly those that live on the edge of Canberra's bush to provide input into the current review.

"Located on the ESA website the plan provides a clear guide on management of bushfire risk in the Territory. I encourage Canberrans to have their say as this will be essential in the development of the plan, due for release in October 2014."

The SBMP is reviewed every five years in consultation with the ACT Bushfire Council.

 Community meetings will be advertised through local media and on the ESA website.

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