First hearing for Fiskville inquiry on 18 May

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Authors of the Monash Report and people with serious health concerns who worked and trained at or lived near the CFA training college at Fiskville will give evidence at a public hearing on Monday, 18 May.

This will be the first public hearing for the parliamentary inquiry into the CFA training college at Fiskville.

Commencing at 10.00 am, the public hearing will be held in the Federation Room at Parliament House in Melbourne.

“The Committee wants to hear first up from people who have been affected by operations at the Fiskville training centre,” said Bronwyn Halfpenny, Chair of the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee.

“We’ve had a huge response in submissions. Now is the chance for the people affected to give voice to their concerns and for the Committee to ask what can be done to help them and bring them some justice.”

The Committee has received more than 400 submissions to the inquiry. They are being released progressively on the inquiry website as the Committee considers the detail in them.

“There are many personal stories being told about the way families have been affected and these stories are helping us understand the scale of this issue,” Ms Halfpenny said.

The Committee has retained the services of a legal consultant, Mr Peter Rozen, a leading occupational health and safety barrister.

WHAT: First public hearing of the inquiry into the CFA training college at Fiskville

WHEN: Monday, 18 May 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

WHERE: Federation Room, Parliament House, Melbourne

WHO: Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee will conduct the hearing with the following schedule:

10:00 am              Monash University

11:00 am              Mrs Diane Potter

12:00 pm              Mr Alistair Allan

12:30 pm              Lunch

1:15 pm               Deborah and Kevin Etherton

2:00 pm                Mr David Card

2:30 pm                Mr Gavan Knight

3:00 pm                Short break

3:15 pm                Mr John Cutler

3:45 pm                Private individual

5:00 pm                Hearing concludes

Some of the evidence may be provided in private sessions with the Committee.

Ahead of the hearings, Committee Chair Bronwyn Halfpenny has recorded an interview on the focus of the parliamentary inquiry. It can be viewed on the Victorian Parliament’s YouTube Channel.

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