The Honourable Steve Bracks.
As a along time labour supporter, and resident of the Otways, I am
deeply concerned about the proposed inquiry regarding the boundaries for an
This would be in breach of the
The labour party that I supported was always fiercely independent for
the underdog, the
The modern trend to go cap in hand to minority groups in the hope of obtaining a few votes would not have been considered.
The present Government promised to govern for all people and has departed from this democratic principle by bowing to pressure from these groups who are backed by demonstrators working outside the laws of the State.
Some examples being invasion of Government authorised forest
It has become obvious that the State cannot man
Taking the degraded State forest and parks in the Otways as an example noting overgrown impassable tracks and roads, heavy fuel loadings, lack of fuel reduction measures and decreasing skilled staff have made the area a fire hazard not only to itself but to adjoining private land.
With due respect, Mr Bracks, I pose the following questions for consideration.
# Where or how will you get the trained fire
fighters to control fires in the proposed unman
In the past we have been able to call on logging crews and other forest workers with their skills and equipment for fire suppression in the forests,these will be no longer be there.
The CFA is primarily for fire suppression on private property and are not generally trained or equipped for fighting forest fires.
#How do you intend to man
#How do you intend to finance the necessary staff required to service and maintain the National Park at world standard, as proposed by your Government?
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