House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment extends to March 31 the submission deadline for its inquiry into bushfires

HOMES THREATENED: Rural Fire Service crews face the onslaught of a blaze that took hold at Charmhaven on New Year's Eve. Picture: Marina Neil
HOMES THREATENED: Rural Fire Service crews face the onslaught of a blaze that took hold at Charmhaven on New Year's Eve. Picture: Marina Neil

DO you have a view about what could or should have been done to prevent the horrific bushfires burning across Australia?

And what can the nation do to be better equipped to deal with such blazes?

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment has extended the submission deadline for its inquiry into the intensity and frequency of bushfires.

Submissions are now invited by March 31.

Chair of the committee, Ted O'Brien, said extending the deadline recognised that bushfire-affected communities needed to direct resources to the immediate tasks of response and recovery.

"Once the current bushfire situation has eased, the committee looks forward to receiving a range of considered evidence to inform its inquiry," Mr O'Brien said.

"We want to develop recommendations that can assist in ensuring that Australia takes the best possible approach to preventing such terrible events in future and being better equipped to manage them."

The committee's inquiry was adopted in December on referral from the Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

RFS crews at work on Arizona Road, Charmhaven. What can Australia do to prevent a repeat of this summer's bushfires? A parliamentary inquiry is open to community submissions. Picture: Marina Neil.

RFS crews at work on Arizona Road, Charmhaven. What can Australia do to prevent a repeat of this summer's bushfires? A parliamentary inquiry is open to community submissions. Picture: Marina Neil.

The inquiry's terms of reference relate to the efficacy of past and current vegetation and land management policy, practice and legislation and their effect on the intensity and frequency of bushfires and subsequent risk to property, life and the environment.

The public is invited to contribute to the inquiry by making a submission.

Submissions will be accepted until March 31.

The committee plans to hold public hearings at various locations, which will be announced on the inquiry website.

Submissions must address the inquiry's terms of reference which are available, along with details on how to make a submission, on the inquiry website.

In other news

Comments