The Liberal National Party of Queensland has released its bushfire mitigation strategy for the state, as the fire emergency continues to grip southern states. The Ten-point plan includes measures to both mitigate and respond to bushfires in the state, including opening some state forests and national parks to grazing to reduce the fuel load.
Opposition leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP would make sweeping improvements to Queensland's bushfire strategy to make the state more prepared and more able to respond in emergencies: "The LNP will take decisive action to get Queensland bushfire-ready in the wake of the incredible tragedies we have seen in New South Wales and Victoria. In a bushfire-prone state like ours, the government must stop at nothing to ensure communities are kept safe."
The plan is the culmination of recommendations by the Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM), listening to the concerns of stakeholders, and implementing the advice of Queensland's expert rural firefighters.
Queenslandcountrylife.com.au described the points as:
- Establishing a single point of contact for landholders and councils to submit all bushfire mitigation inquiries and permits.
- Automatically approve properly made burn permits for landholders and councils after 15 business days.
- New KPIs to achieve 98 per cent of hazard reduction activities.
- Trial a traditional burning program run by Indigenous rangers.
- Establish a cabinet committee to monitor state departments and landholders' hazard reduction activities.
- Allow monitored grazing in state forests and some national parks to manage fuel loads.
- Establish urban-based Rural Fire volunteer brigades to allow volunteers in the south east to contribute during extreme bushfire events.
- Restore local control to Rural Fire brigades.
- Establish a Rural Fire board.
- Review aerial firefighting capability.