We’re well passed the time when politics are welcome in the discussion about bushfires, Acting Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Leeanne Enoch said.
“Many of the LNP’s suggestions – a one-stop-shop for bushfire information, indigenous methods, grazing to manage fuel loads and local management of fires – are already part of Queensland’s fire management.
“There are many things like the open days held at more than 60 fire stations last year to better prepare our communities for the bushfires that are not on the LNP’s list.
“More than a million hectares were control-burned last year to manage our fire risk.”
Less than two per cent of Queensland’s 2019 bushfires started in national parks.
Minister Enoch said laws about building fire breaks are unchanged.
“And yet the LNP persists in ignoring these facts because it suits their politics.
“They continue to argue about the legitimacy of climate change and its real-world impact on rural Queensland.
“Ten-point plans are for pamphlets.
“How we best prepare for and fight fires is a job requiring teamwork and the very best firefighters in the business.
“Ours have proven themselves time and time again.
“We will continue doing what we have always done – investing in our capability, learning from our last natural disaster to better prepare ourselves for the next.”