This excellent submission by the National Farmers Federation to the Royal Commission makes compelling reading.
The RFS has a number of questions that it will need to answer surrounding the loss of the C130 Hercules at Cooma in January. The Daily Telegraph has an indepth look at these.
The VFFA submission to the Royal Commission and VFFA Vice President Brian WIlliams’ submission are both published in this story.
An overview of the last two weeks of Royal Commisison hearings and links to transcripts and submissions.
Better bushfire evacuation planning is one of the lead stories on this weeks news roundup.
When people get trapped on roads while trying to evacuate there is real potential for catastrophe.
Roger Underwood opined in Quadrant Online that the outcomes from the NSW Bushfire Enquiry could be expected to be delivered on true “Yes Minister” lines.
We shouldn’t expect the NSW Enquiry to seriously criticise the performance of its own government. The Royal Commission may produice a better result.
A news roundup from across the country for the last week. The failure to distribute half of the bushfire appeal funds is the headline story.
Craig Lapsley succeeded in getting formal safety standards for fire bunkers implemented in Victoria over a decade ago. In NSW the RFS remain ‘dead against them’ according to this informative Sydney Morning Herald article.
Maintaing the integrity of our telecommunications infrastructure during bushfires is critical. It is therefore encouraging to see the telecommunications industry working together to document their experiences during this summers fires and present their findings to the Royal Commission.
The Royal Commission is up and running and you can find a link to the Opening and the complete transcrpt in this post.
We also review an excellent Sydney Mormning Herald article which quotes VFFA President Mick Holton.