SA to prioritise fire refuges in Commission reply

By Rob O'Brien The South Australian Government will make fire refuges a priority in its response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Black Saturday. In announcing support for 60 of the 67 recommendations made by the Commission, SA Minister for Emergency Services, Michael Wright, highlighted support for the provision of refuges ahead […]

Governments vow to learn bushfire lessons

  Image: Nillumbik Shire Council.   By Rob O'Brien The response to the Royal Commission’s final report into the 2009 Victorian bushfires has been swift, with other states vowing to learn the lessons of the disaster and the establishment of a national research institute into bushfires. The Premier, John Brumby, yesterday released the Victorian Government’s […]

SA property owners may not have heeded bushfire lessons: Wright

By Rob O’Brien South Australia’s Emergency Services Minister, Michael Wright, has warned the lives of 15,000 CFS volunteers will be at risk if property owners in bushfire-prone areas don’t properly prepare their properties this fire season. Minister Wright said it was inconceivable many property owners had not heeded the messages from the CFS and the […]

SA to get advance bushfire warnings

By Staff Writer South Australians living, working or travelling in bushfire-prone areas will be given clear advice about what to do in advance of a fire under the new Fire Danger Rating system, the Minister for Emergency Services Michael Wright has said. The six-tier system, which is being adopted nationally for the 2009-10 bushfire season, […]

SA council commended in safety awards

By Rob O’Brien South Australia’s Loxton Waikerie Council has been awarded for an initiative that keeps remote and rural residents on the radar of the emergency services. The council was highly commended in the state’s 2009 Australian Safer Community Awards for its rural property addressing project. Seven organisations and individuals were commended at the awards. […]


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