A new Strategic Bushfire Management Plan for the ACT has been tabled in the Legislative Assembly by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today.
“With the official start of the ACT Bushfire season on 1 October, I am pleased to deliver this important piece of work by the ACT Emergency Services Agency, which provides a framework for the management of bushfires across the territory,” Mr Corbell said.
The SBMP highlights high risk areas where the bushland meets the built-up area of Canberra. Areas at risk from bushfire across the ACT have been identified on Bushfire Prone Area maps.
“Close to a quarter of all dwellings in the ACT are located in the area identified as BPA,” Mr Corbell said.
“I ask every Canberran to visit the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au to view these draft maps to determine if they live in a bushfire prone area. The maps are part of an integrated program to address bushfire risk by both the ACT Government and the community.”
The plan identifies the vital role of the community in understanding and addressing bushfire risk. An awareness campaign will be launched later this year that will target residents in Bushfire Prone Areas through face-to-face engagement.
The ACT Government will also review the ESA’s current bushfire capability to identify the needs of our fire services into the future.
“It is vital for the ACT’s firefighters to respond to fires in a rapid, decisive and coordinated manner,” Mr Corbell said.
“The SBMP plans for future risks, taking into account changing demographics, the growth of our city and climate change. Through planning and more resilient infrastructure, we are able to better prepare ourselves for these changes.”
The SBMP version three can be found on the ESA website, www.esa.act.gov.au.