Bushfire condolence book moved to State Library

By Rob O’Brien Books of condolence commemorating last summer’s Victorian bushfires will be permanently kept at the State Library of Victoria, the Premier has announced three days before the anniversary of Australia’s worst natural disaster. Premier, John Brumby and Minister for the Arts Peter Batchelor handed over the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Message Book Collection to […]

States continue overhaul of bushfire policies

By Rob O’Brien   State Governments have continued to overhaul their policies around bushfires in the wake of the interim report by the Victorian Bushfire Commission. NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia have all endorsed a new framework, recommended by the national bushfire taskforce, to implement a ‘catastrophic’ rating, indicating that the Fire Danger […]

Commission grills MAV over fire refuges

The Victorian Bushfire Commission grilled local government on emergency planning laws. Image: The Burning Question, Fiona Katauskas. By Rob O’Brien   Issues including the management of fire refuges and the  emergency management policies of local government have faced the white heat of the inquiry into the February 7 bushfires.   Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) CEO Rob Spence […]


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