Gippsland South The Nationals Fire Fire Safety Loch Sport LSCRG Loch Sport COmmunity Reference Group Fire protection fuel loads

Progress on Loch Sport fire safety

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has welcomed efforts to remove bushfire fuel loads around Loch Sport.

Mr O’Brien was commenting after mulching of undergrowth was undertaken recently in the area opposite the golf club on the entry into town.

“The Loch Sport community stood up and expressed its concerned in January this year when Gippsland was ablaze,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The community was very concerned that it was exposed to bushfire threat in a similar way to Mallacoota, with just one road in and surrounded by national parks.

“I’ve been working with the Loch Sport community, particularly with the Loch Sport Community Reference Group, to get action from the state government and its agencies to improve fire protection around the town.

“Having raised the matter in Parliament and written to the Minister I am pleased to see that land managers have been managing this fuel reduction activity around the entry to town, which was one of the key areas identified at the meeting as a cause of concern.

“We need to take the fire threat seriously in Loch Sport and I’m glad that state government agencies DELWP and Parks Victoria have been working with the community to improve fire safety.”

Mr O’Brien said there is still more work to do and he would like to see a significant firebreak installed either side of town, but the recent works were a step in the right direction.

“Credit where due to DELWP and Parks Victoria for the work they’re doing and I hope it will continue as we seek to make the town as safe as possible.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien viewing newly cleared and mulched areas of undergrowth at the entrance to Loch Sport.

6 July 2020

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