20 May 2015
As part of the Victorian Government's commitment to keeping the state safe, the Inspector-General of Emergency Management (IGEM) was asked to review performance targets for the bushfire fuel management program on public land.
IGEM invited public submissions into the current approaches to fuel management for bushfire protection in Victoria and suggested future performance targets.
The report makes recommendations which include a shift away from a hectare-based fuel reduction target. It recommends a move toward a risk-reduction approach where the most at-risk areas are prioritised for fuel reduction.
IGEM considers a risk-reduction target as the most effective form of performance target to guide the fuel management approach, to protect life, property and communities.
The Government will now begin consulting with stakeholders, including fire management agencies and community groups to ensure local values and knowledge are considered. It will respond to the recommendations later this year.
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