Inquiry into Fire Season Preparedness

Government Response

The Government response to this report was tabled in Parliament on 14 December 2017.

pdfGovernment Response(PDF 5.73 MB)

Media

Media Releases

pdf22 JUN 2017 Report tabled on Fire Season Preparedness466.58 KB

pdf03 MAY 2017 New reporting dates for Environment and Planning Committee inquiries465.91 KB

pdf24 FEB 2017 Next hearing for fire season inquiry 465.41 KB

pdf08 DEC 2016 Interim report presented on fire season preparedness453.72 KB

pdf17 OCT 2016 Key agencies at hearing for fire season inquiry(PDF 323.39 KB)

pdf28 SEP 2016 Firefighters Union at hearing on fire season inquiry(PDF 323.46 KB)

pdf22 SEP 2016 Regional hearings on fire season inquiry and rate capping (PDF 324.63 KB)

pdf13 SEP 2016 Forestry focus for fire season hearing(PDF 323.98 KB)

pdf05 SEP 2016 Hearing this Tuesday on fire season inquiry(PDF 323.15 KB)

pdf29 AUG 2016 Hearings this week on fire season inquiry(PDF 323.5 KB)

pdf17 AUG 2016 Next hearing on fire season inquiry(PDF 322.66 KB)

pdf01 AUG 2016 Firefighters at hearings on fire season inquiry(PDF 323.78 KB)

pdf18 JUL 2016 Three days of hearings on fire season inquiry(PDF 323.58 KB)

pdf06 JUL 2016 First hearing on fire season inquiry(PDF 323.71 KB)

pdf22 JUN 2016 Extension of time for fire season submissions(PDF 324.02 KB)

pdf12 MAY 2016 Fire season preparedness to be investigated(PDF 323.81 KB)

Videos

Hearings and Transcripts

Public Hearing Schedule

Information on the Committee's public hearing schedule for this Inquiry will be posted here as it becomes available.

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House

Time Witness Transcript
9.30 am Emergency Management Victoria
Mr Craig Lapsley, Commissioner 

 pdfTranscript(PDF 197.40 KB)
10.30 am Ms Claire Higgins, former Chair of CFA

 pdfTranscript(PDF 139.98 KB)
11.30 am Mr Mick Bourke, former CEO, CFA

 pdfTranscript(PDF 171.90 KB)
1.00 pm

Nillumbik Shire Council
Mr Mark Stoermer, Acting CEO
Mr Chad Griffiths, Manager Strategic and Economic Planning
Mr Justin Murray, Executive Officer Emergency Management

 pdfTranscript(PDF 128.01 KB)
1.30 pm Mr Danny Michell, former Chief of Staff, Minister for Emergency Services

 pdfTranscript(PDF 128.40 KB)
2.30 pm

Nillumbik Pro-Active Landowners 
Mr Damian Crock
Mr Max Parsons
Ms Narelle Campbell
Dr Sali Bache
Mr Neil Marshall

 pdfTranscript(PDF 143.50 KB)

 

 Wednesday 25 January 2017

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House

Time Witness Transcript
10.00am

City of Whittlesea
Mr Michael Wootten, CEO
(Formerly Executive Director of Business Services, CFA)

 pdfTranscript(PDF 153.35 KB)
11.00am

Nilumbik PALS
Mr Damian Crock
Mr Max Parsons
Ms Narelle Campbell
Dr Sali Bache

 pdfTranscript(PDF 170.89 KB)
12.00pm City of Ballarat
Ms Samthana McIntosh, Mayor
 pdfTranscript(PDF 128.80 KB)


Wednesday 26 October 2016

G.6, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

Time Witness Transcript
7.45pm

National Indigenous Fire Network
Mr Victor Steffenson (via telephone)

Yarra Ranges Council
Mr Brett Ellis, Manager Risk, Emergency & Community Safety

 pdfTranscript(PDF 70.05 KB)

 

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
9.30am

Emergency Management Victoria
Mr Craig Lapsley, Commissioner
Mr Neil Robertson, Chief Executive Officer

 pdfTranscript(PDF 134.17 KB)
11.00am

Melbourne Water
Charmaine Quick, Executive General Manager - Service Delivery

 pdfTranscript(PDF 50.52 KB)


Thursday 29 September 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
12.30pm

United Firefighters Union (UFU)

 pdfTranscript(PDF 431.70 KB)

 

Tuesday 27 September 2016 - Regional Hearing

East Gippsland Shire Council Chambers, 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale 

 Time Witness Transcript
11.00am

East Gippsland Shire Council    
Gary Gaffney, Chief Executive Officer

 pdfTranscript(PDF 84.74 KB)
11.30am

CFA Volunteers
Ian Ashcroft
Nick Barton

 pdfTranscript(PDF 54.62 KB)
12.15pm

Garry Squires

 pdfTranscript(PDF 40.46 KB)
1.15pm

Gippsland Environment Group Inc    
Louise Crisp

 pdfTranscript(PDF 63.24 KB)
1.45pm Friends of Gippsland Lakes Parks and Reserves
Nancy McMurray
 pdfTranscript(PDF 32.3 KB)
2.15pm L. Ralph Barraclough  pdfTranscript(PDF 35.75 KB)
2.45pm

East Gippsland Wildfire Taskforce
John Mulligan

 pdfTranscript(PDF 36.86 KB)

 

Monday 26 September 2016 - Regional Hearing

Morwell Bowls Club, Hazelwood Rd, Morwell

 Time Witness Transcript
12.00pm

Latrobe City Council    
Mark King, Statutory Compliance Officer

South Gippsland Shire Council 
Penni Ellicott, Grants & Emergency Management Coordinator

 pdfTranscript(PDF 74.29 KB)
1.30pm

David Packham

 pdfTranscript(PDF 71.3 KB)
2.15pm

Voices of the Valley
Wendy Farmer

 pdfTranscript(PDF 44.68 KB)
4.00pm

Members of the CFA District 9 and South Gippsland Group    
Robert Auchterlonie
Walter Aich

 pdfTranscript(PDF 128.39 KB)

 

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
7.15pm

VicForests
Robert Green, CEO
Lachlan Spencer, General Manager Corporate Service
Michael Ryan, Forest Scientist

pdfTranscript(PDF 72.43 KB)

 

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
10.00am

Ms Lucinda Nolan

pdfTranscript(PDF 217.23 KB)
11.15am

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA)
Julia Oxley, CEO
Ben Piper, COO
Howard Ronaldson, Chairman

pdfTranscript(PDF 149.1 KB)

pdfPresentation(PDF 918.03 KB)

12.00pm

2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
Hon. Bernard Teague AO, Chairperson 

pdfTranscript(pdf 129.75 KB)
1.45pm

Inspector General Emergency Management
Inspector-General Tony Pearce

pdfTranscript(PDF 155.71 KB)
2.30pm

MFB

pdfTranscript(PDF 105.03 KB)

pdfPresentation(PDF 56.27 KB)

3.45pm

Mr Joe Buffone

pdfTranscript(PDF 90.44 KB)

 

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
7.15pm

Parks Victoria
Chris Hardman, Acting Chief Executive

David Nugent, Director Fire and Emergency Services

Jennifer Rebeiro, Executive Director Business and Infrastructure Services

pdfTranscript(PDF 195.39 KB)

pdfPresentation(2.83 MB)

 

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
12.30pm

United Firefighters Union (UFU)

pdfTranscript(PDF 227.31 KB)

pdfBriefing(PDF 13.29 MB) 

pdfPresentation(PDF 8.09 MB)

 

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
7.15pm

Mr Michael Tudball

pdfTranscript(PDF 215.54 KB)

 

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
12.00pm

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Mr Adam Fennessy, Secretary
Mr Lee Miezis, Deputy Secretary, Forest, Fire and Regions
Mr Darrin McKenzie, Acting Chief Fire Officer

pdfTranscript(PDF 225.34 KB)

pdfPresentation(PDF 2.51 MB)

 

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
9.30am

Country Fire Authority

pdfTranscript(PDF 270.35 KB)

pdfPresentation(PDF 97.5 KB)

11.15am

Mr John Peberdy

pdfTranscript(PDF 189.16 KB)

 

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
11.00am

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV)

pdfTranscript(PDF 175.09 KB)

 

Thursday 21 July 2016

Old Flour Mill Gallery, 17 Kirkland Ave, Euroa VIC 3666

 Time Witness Transcript
12.00pm

Greater Shepparton City Council
Murrindindi Shire Council
Mansfield Shire Council

pdfTranscript(PDF 45.74 KB)

pdfGreater Shepparton handout(PDF 38.13 KB)

1.30pm

Strathbogie Forest Group
Firefighters for Forests
Euroa Environment Group

pdfTranscript(PDF 69.46 KB)

pdfPresentation(PDF 6.99 MB)

pdfEuroa Environment Group handout(PDF 2.69 MB)

pdfFirefighters for Forests handout(PDF 98.73 KB)

2.15pm

Strathbogie Rural Fire Brigade

pdfTranscript(PDF 36.75 KB)
3.00pm

Goulburn Broken CMA

pdfTranscript(PDF 26.32 KB)
3.30pm

Dr David Cheal

pdfTranscript(PDF 52.71 KB)

 

Wednesday 20 July 2016

The Cube Wodonga, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga VIC 3690

 Time Witness Transcript
2.00pm

City of Wodonga
Towong Shire Council
Indigo Shire Council
Rural City of Wangaratta
Alpine Shire Council

pdfTranscript(PDF 70.44 KB)

pdfWodonga handout(PDF 1.71 MB)

pdfTranscript(PDF 32.41 KB)

3.00pm

Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Limited (HVP Plantations)

pdfTranscript(PDF 41.75 KB)
3.45pm

Parklands Albury Wodonga

pdfTranscript(PDF 36.71 KB)
4.15pm

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

pdfTranscript(PDF 22.36 KB)

4.45pm

Pfeiffer Wines and the Rutherglen Winemakers

pdfTranscript(PDF 27.72 KB)
  Comments from the Floor

pdfIan Jack(PDF 13.73 KB)

pdfColin Coyle(PDF 12.3 KB)

 

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
10.15am

Environment Protection Authority (Victoria)

pdfTranscript(PDF 80 KB)

pdfPresentation(PDF 741.75 KB)

11.15am

Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC)

pdfTranscript(PDF 46.98 KB)
12.00pm RSPCA 

pdfTranscript(PDF 37.89 KB)

pdfPresentation(PDF 234.44 KB)

1.30pm

Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) 

pdfTranscript(PDF 67.7 KB)
2.15pm Wombat Forest Care

pdfTranscript(PDF 43.55 KB)

pdfHandout(PDF 3.58 MB)

3.15pm

Blairgowrie Community Fire Prevention Action Group

pdfTranscript(PDF 50.91 KB)

pdfHandout(PDF 43.82 KB)

 

Thursday 7 July 2016

Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

 Time Witness Transcript
12.30pm

Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

 pdfTranscript(PDF 77.67 KB)
1.15pm

Researchers in the ARC Linkage project, Building an Integrated System for Australian Bushfire Prevention

 pdfTranscript(PDF 64.76 KB)

 

Transcripts of Evidence

Corrected transcripts of these hearings will also be published here when finalised by the Committee.