Bushfire strategy awaits approval

TOMORROW councillors will finally decide whether to adopt the 2010 Bushfire Management Strategy.

Last week Fraser Coast councillors engaged in a robust debate on the strategy, including the action plan, with some criticism that local rural firies and the indigenous community had not been properly consulted.

At the end of the debate councillors unanimously voted to back the recommendation to adopt the strategy as “the principal guiding resource to inform fire management planning for Fraser Coast Regional council-controlled lands”.

Councillor Linda Harris, the chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, said yesterday councillors had also voted to adopt the Bushfire Management Strategic Action Plan “for consideration as part of future budget and operational plan development”.

The strategy was prepared for the council by private consultants and was supported by funding from state and federal governments.

Last week councillors also voted for a further report to be brought to council “proposing an active working document including, but not limited to, consultation with the local rural fire brigades and traditional land owners”.



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