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Police, Fire and Emergency Management – TWWHA Fire Management Plan

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 9 June 2022

Tags: Bushfires, Climate Change, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Dr WOODRUFF - Minister, comments closed for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Fire Management Plan in October last year, and the report was completed earlier this year. It has not been released -

Mrs PETRUSMA - Which one? The fire management plan?

Dr WOODRUFF - TWWHA Fire Management plan.

Mrs PETRUSMA - Yes, it is out now. It is done.

Dr WOODRUFF - Out now? When?

Mrs PETRUSMA - I provided a copy to the committee upstairs, and I will be able provide you with a copy in Parks this afternoon, if you like. I would be happy to talk about it then. It should be on the Parks and Wildlife Service - yes.

Dr WOODRUFF - Was there funding in the Budget towards resourcing it? And there is an implementation plan?

Mrs PETRUSMA - I would be happy to talk to you about it in Parks, because that is when I can provide you with a copy and everything else there, if you would like. It is not funded under the TFS output, but it has been finalised. It is released, done.

Dr WOODRUFF - Okay. We will talk more about that this afternoon. There is no longer a fire management officer for the TWWHA -

Mrs PETRUSMA - We can take that this afternoon, too. It would be best to do all fire management of the TWWHA, which is done by the Parks and Wildlife Service, under Parks this afternoon.

Dr WOODRUFF - Just for clarification, I understood that when there is a bushfire outbreak, as Commissioner Barry has just said, there are TFS resources that work in conjunction with Parks -

Mrs PETRUSMA - We do have our remote area teams, but we do have to remember that Parks also have their 102 remote area fire fighters, including their winch crew and tanker-based fire fighters. There is a specific team there, it would be best to talk about fire management in the TWWHA in that output. The good thing is our remote area teams, which I believe we are going to commence training soon, do assist, but it is on TWWHA, so it would be best to talk about it this afternoon.