The Weatherill Labor Government has completed less than half of its Planned Prescribed Burn Program in the Mount Lofty Ranges increasing the risk posed by bushfire to the communities of the Adelaide Hills.
Prescribed burns are a preventative safety measure undertaken by the State Government in order to reduce the fuel load on government land and diminish the prospect of devastating bushfires sweeping through rural communities.
In fact, the Government’s Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources website states that:
“Reducing fuel hazards is important - it can make bushfires easier to control, help prevent a bushfire spreading to residential areas, and ultimately save lives and property.”
By Autumn this year the Weatherill Government had completed just 33 per cent of its planned burns; by Spring this figure had only risen to 45 per cent.
“The Weatherill Labor Government expects South Australians to clean up their own backyards, but the Government has been failing to clean up its own property,” said Member for Morialta John Gardner.
“At a time when the CFS is running ads pleading with landowners to be bushfire ready, the Government hasn’t even been able to meet half of its quota of burns. It’s time the Weatherill Labor Government honestly answers the question: “Are they bushfire ready?”
“The Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to fulfil its responsibilities has left Adelaide Hills’ residents at increased risk during the upcoming fire season.
“It also puts increased pressure on our CFS volunteers, as they will be the ones called upon to fight any fires.
“It is the State Government’s responsibility to carry out prescribed burns on government land.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has failed Adelaide Hills’ residents and CFS volunteers and it’s not good enough.”