Premier’s Letter to the Editor

Premier’s Letter to the Editor

Posted on 16. Sep, 2010 in News

Dear Editor,


I announced a Royal Commission into the devastating 2009 bushfires to prevent such a disaster from ever happening again.

Today, I am as determined as ever to make Victoria as fire-safe and fire-ready as possible.

Our Government has now accepted in part or in full 66 of the 67 final recommendations from the Bushfires Royal Commission.

Before finalising that response, we listened to the views of over 1,500 people at public meetings across the state.

We will now invest $867.3 million in historic reforms including employing 612 new career firefighters and 231 seasonal firefighters; a tougher maintenance regime for electricity businesses; tripling fuel reduction burns; and more support for our volunteer firefighters.

We’ll also replace the fire services levy with a progressive property-based levy, so everyone with a property protected by our firefighters contributes their fair share.

Since Black Saturday, our Government has introduced measures to improve how Victoria prepares for and responds to bushfires – including better and faster community warnings and a major boost to community education and information.

I encourage readers to learn more about our full response to the Royal Commission at

And we will get on with the job of delivering those changes and together we will make Victoria safer from the threat of bushfires.

John Brumby



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