Publication of submissions and announcement of program of public discussions
Review of ACT emergency services responses to the 2019-20 bushfire season
The Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety has published submissions received to its review of the responses by ACT emergency services agencies to the unprecedented 2019-20 bushfire season in the Territory.
The Submissions are at –
The submissions deal with responses during the 2019-20 bushfire season from the start of that season. These responses range from preparation, education and public communication, to actions by firefighters and all agencies at the height of the bushfires over summer 2019-20.
The Committee will now hold public discussions with submission authors emphasising community views on all factors relating to the ACT’s susceptibility to fire and how the impact of bushfire was and is to be mitigated.
The Committee will include the Emergency Services Agency in its later hearings in August 2020.
Hearing dates are –
- Tuesday, 28 July 2020
- Tuesday, 11 August 2020
- Tuesday, 18 August 2020
The Committee notes it will focus on:
- Planning and coordination of programs to combat all aspects of the 2019-20 bushfire season
- Things done well in preparation for and mitigating the effects of the 2019-20 bushfires
- How major events in 2019-20 bushfire season were dealt with as a major ACT natural disaster – and the lessons learned for next season and following years
The discussions are streamed public hearings, subject to the constraints imposed by present circumstances.
The Committee will release its report prior to the end of this Assembly.
For comment, please contact the Committee Chair, Mrs Giulia Jones MLA – email@example.com and 02 6205 0234.
(Committee Secretary, Andrew Snedden at LACommitteeJCS@parliament.act.gov.au or 0410516850).
27 July 2020