Bushfire Royal Commission Recommendations Welcomed

Bushfire Royal Commission Recommendations Welcomed

Acting Victoria Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Walsh

Govt Welcomes Bushfire Implementation Monitor Interim Report

Victor P Taffa

An interim report by Bushfire Implementation Monitor Neil Comrie AO APM outlining progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission has been tabled in State Parliament today.

Acting Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Walsh today said the government welcomed the tabling of the report and would review its contents in detail.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to implementing all 67 recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission and this report provides valuable feedback as we deliver on our commitment.” Mr. Walsh said.

“Earlier this year, the Coalition Government gave Mr. Comrie full independence in his role as Implementation Monitor so he and the community could have faith in the implementation process.”

“This is the first time the Implementation Monitor has reported directly to the Victorian public, delivering on the Coalition’s promise to be more open and transparent in implementing the Commission’s recommendations.”

Mr. Walsh said the comprehensive 173 page document included specific information on each of the Commission’s recommendations.

“I thank Mr. Comrie for providing this crucial progress report. Like all Victorians we are steadfast in our resolve to do everything we can to protect the state against tragedies like the 2009 bushfires in the future.” Mr. Walsh said.

“Ultimately people’s lives, homes and properties are at stake, so nothing could require greater care, consideration and transparency.”

Mr. Walsh said the Government would comment further on report in due course once it had an opportunity to review it in detail.

Mr. Comrie will provide his final report to the Parliament on the implementation of the Bushfires Royal Commission recommendations by 31 July 2012.