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Western Australia's first prescribed burning forum begins

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prescribed burning credit - Jen Elliot
  • ​The first prescribed burning forum of its kind in WA to be held in Busselton from today
  • International, national and State experts gathering to discuss best practice in prescribed burning
  • Three-day forum is being hosted by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management

Leaders in bushfire mitigation from local, interstate and international partner agencies have been brought together in Busselton today by Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson for Western Australia's first prescribed burning forum.

The Burning Question: Now & Beyond, Western Australian Prescribed Burning Forum 2017 convenes experts in the field to share their perspective and enhance the co-ordination and delivery of prescribed burning programs across the State.

Forum participants will hear from leading American prescribed burning expert, Mike Dueitt, Director of the Prescribed Fire Training Center at the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The forum is the first of its kind in WA and recognises the important role of prescribed burning in helping to protect our communities from bushfire.

The forum's program also includes a field trip to Margaret River, Gracetown and Yallingup to observe best practice and study prescribed burning challenges in the South-West.

The forum is being hosted by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management, in partnership with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services; Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; and the Office of Emergency Management.

Support for the forum has also been provided by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department through the Natural Disaster Resilience and National Bushfire Mitigation programs.

Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:

"Bushfire mitigation is a complex task involving a range of government agencies, non-government bodies and the public.

"At the Bushfire Mitigation Summit, several key areas were identified that could be improved including the effective use of human resources, improving knowledge, adapting burning targets, and the need for other forms of mitigation.

"Over the next three days, leading experts in the field will be able to discuss those issues and assess what more can be done to reduce the State's bushfire risk.

"I am hopeful that this first of its kind forum will help address what is an increasingly complicated challenge that is the shared responsibility of all Western Australians."

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"Forums like this are an excellent way to collaborate and improve management practices and I have no doubt that by the end of it, we will have the commitment to ensure continuous improvement in the co-ordination and delivery of prescribed burning in this State.

"This forum is all about learning and partnering with others who have affected positive change.

"As Minister for Environment, it's encouraging to see State Government agencies take the lead in fostering collaboration with their local government colleagues and bushfire brigade volunteers to ensure best practice in WA."  

Last modified on Friday, 18 August 2017 14:44