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Ditching Victoria's 5 per cent burn target good news for nature

Thursday 19 November 2015

Media release

The Victorian National Parks Association welcomes today's government announcement that it will move towards a more strategic and well-informed bushfire management policy.

"The 5% annual fuel reduction burn target, recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission in 2009, led to many management burns being conducted in remote areas like the Mallee, where they made little contribution to public safety but had considerable environmental impact," the association's Phil Ingamells said today.

"The great emphasis placed on planned burning has drawn attention away from many other important contributors to fire safety, such as fire-wise rural planning regulations, encouraging well-designed private bushfire shelters and increasing Victoria's rapid attack capability.

"Many lessons have been learnt since Black Saturday. It's time to have a good hard look at how best to apply that knowledge so we can offer the best protection to Victorians and also protect our remarkable natural areas."