Input into the next FOP
It’s time to make input into the next round of Fire Operations Plans (FOPs) – the 2015/16-2017/18 Plan.
The draft Plan will be released on 1 August and can be viewed at http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/burns.
There will be an Open House consultation session on Tuesday 11 August 3pm-7pm where anyone can attend and talk to a DELWP officer about the FOP. Location: DELWP office on the corner of the Midland Hwy and Taylor Street Epsom. An Open House means a drop-in session; usually there are no presentations, and you can go along and talk to a DELWP officer one-on-one. Sometimes an Open House session has different topic tables set up so that you have the chance to talk to different officers about a each particular topic. Not sure how this one will work!
If you don’t want to go along you can submit comments in writing on the FOP, or on particular burns. You can address comments to: email@example.com
Over the last few months, Muckleford Forest Friends have had a number of contacts with DELWP and correspondence from the Minister. In summary:
3 July – Paul Bates (District Manager, Murray Goldfields District) advised: “Further to our past discussions, Donkey Farm Track has been taken off the fire operations plan. This is because of community feedback combined with the work being undertaken by the risk landscape team providing for a reduced planning target for Murray Goldfields District. As stated below, the IGEM report and government response may result in further changes in the future, we will wait and see.”
1 July – Lee Miezis (Executive Director, Fire and Emergency Management) wrote regarding our submission on behalf of the Muckleford Forest Friends Network to the Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s (IGEM) recent review of performance targets for bushfire fuel management on public land. He advised that the IGEM report recommended a risk-based target as the most effective way to drive delivery of the bushfire fuel management program on public land. The report also makes recommendations for the Victorian Government on:
- Transition to a risk target.
- Continued development of smoke prediction and monitoring capabilities.
- Performance measures for community engagement activities.
- Refinement of estimates of risk-reduction costs.
- Public reporting on bushfire risk and ecosystem resilience.
- The future review of risk-based performance measurement.
The IGEM report is available at: www.delwp.vic.gov.au/news-and-announcements/igem-review-into-bushfire-fuel-management
Lee advised that “the Government is now formulating its response to the report, and will consider community views as part of its decision” and invited any further comments on the recommendations, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR to Fire & Emergency Management Division, PO Box 500, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
BY 24 July 2015 so that it can be considered in formulating advice to to Government.
25 June – Andrew Koren (Program Manager, Planned Burning and Roading, Loddon Mallee Region) advised that our previous submissions are still considered current and applicable to the 2015/16-2017/18 Loddon Mallee Region FOP.
Second response from Minister Neville: we received a second reply from the Minister dated 28.4.2015 which addressed some of the matters in our submission to her – here is her reply and here is the link to our submission. We were critical about the initial reply from her as it failed to address the substantive issues we had raised.