New course on building in bushfire prone areas

The University of Technology, Sydney, has developed a new training course on building in bushfire prone areas for the Victorian Government and Country Fire Authority. Launched last week in Melbourne, the five-day program aims to enhance skills for assessing bushfire attack levels and controlling development in high risk areas. Director of the UTS Centre for […]

Vic Govt invests $21m in fire prediction system

The Victorian Government has launched an Australian-first fire prediction and early warning system that will deliver specific and detailed information on the spread of fires to help protect the lives of Victorians in the event of a bushfire. Premier John Brumby outlined details of a new fully-computerised, digital mapping system which will provide up to […]

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 […]

Councils will need extra funding to address commission findings

By Rob O'Brien Councils responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Victorian Bushfires will need more state funding to make their communities safe, according to the peak local government body. According to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) councils will need $20 million a year to expand their current responsibilities to […]

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 […]

Community input critical in fire affected Victoria

Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Christine Nixon. By Angela Dorizas Communities affected by the Black Saturday bushfires have demonstrated their resilience and determination to rebuild, according to the chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Christine Nixon. Ms Nixon told the Local Government Manager Australia (LGMA) National Congress that […]

Regenerating the green wedge shire

By Angela Dorizas Having spent more than a year recovering from Australia’s worst natural disaster on record, Nillumbik Shire Council finally has something to celebrate. The so-called Green Wedge Shire, also known as the ‘lungs’ of Melbourne, has been listed as a finalist in the 2010 Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Nillumbik Shire has worked closely with […]

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 […]

Black Saturday hearings suspended

By Angela Dorizas Victoria's Royal Commission into the February 7 bushfires has resumed just days away from the first anniversary of the disaster. The Black Saturday fires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2000 homes. Royal Commission chairman Bernard Teague said the commission would only sit for three days this week and, as a mark of respect for those […]

Emergency Alert to deliver 300 texts a second

By Rob O’Brien The Attorney-General has launched a new emergency alert system in Victoria capable of sending 300 text messages a second and 1,000 voice messages a minute.   Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and the Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister, Bob Cameron launched the national telephone-based emergency warning system, ‘Emergency Alert’ at the Victorian State […]

Bushfire bunkers to be scrutinised

By Staff Writer The Victorian Government has introduced new regulations and accreditation process for the construction of bunkers and bushfire shelters. Planning Minister Justin Madden said the interim regulations will be in place until proposed new national regulations are introduced next year. The regulation and accreditation process was developed by the Victorian Building Commission in […]

Brumby appoints bushfire monitor

By Staff Writer The Victorian Premier John Brumby has appointed a former police commissioner to ensure agencies and departments implement recommendations by the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission’s interim report. Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Neil Comrie, will be responsible for auditing progress of agencies and departments’ implementation of Commission interim recommendations, and would also […]

Wynne overrules council on 10/30 Right

By Rob O’Brien The Victorian State Government has stepped in to overrule a council on environmental planning, it has emerged. Frankston Council was asked to put its community first in a disagreement over the right to fell trees ahead of the bushfire season. Victorian Local Government Minister Richard Wynne opted to revoke the council’s tree […]

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 […]


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