A central Victorian PWF reader tells us a well-meaning 2 May media release from the Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce, about community info meetings, only reached her yesterday, 1 June. She is concerned Gippsland and Mitchell Shire survivors will have been left out of the loop too.
The info sessions about this paper have mostly been in May and organisers are concerned people haven’t been coming to meetings.
Taskforce chairman Tim Orton says a large range of options has been considered to reduce the state’s bushfire risk, but the optimum solution is most likely to be a combination of measures.
Research has shown that while Victorians want increased safety from fires, they don’t want significant increases in their power bills.
The Taskforce wants people to read the paper or attend a meeting and make a submission by 24 June, 2011.
Benalla – Thursday 9 June, 7.30 – 9pm
Benalla Performing Arts And Convention Centre, 57 Samaria Road.
CLICK HERE FOR THE PAPER
CLICK FOR COMMUNITY PRESENTATION ‘Preventing Catastrophic Fires From The Electricity System’
CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE
Our reader sent the info to all the Black Saturday survivors she knows personally and makes the observation that
“it has predictably caused a great flurry of activity from some very cross people because, once again, people in the city simply have no idea how to communicate important information to people in the country.
One very tame response from Energy Safe Victoria has been forwarded to me, along the lines ‘we advertised it widely on TV, radio and print in the Age and the Herald-Sun’. They just don’t get it! If it is not on the ABC, that cuts out a lot of people (like me, for instance). Country people only read Melbourne papers for the news, they don’t go searching every edition for public notices, and seldom read ads. I have checked all the local media (newspapers and local radio) in the Shire of Murrindindi, and the media release has not turned up anywhere.”
Please pass on this info to friends and colleagues in bushfire areas