SA Government's comprehensive response

SA Government’s Comprehensive Response to the Independent Bushfire Review

The State Government has announced nearly $100 million of funding ahead of the upcoming bushfire danger season, in response to the Independent Bushfire Review into South Australia’s 2019/20 bushfire season.

This funding will be injected into the state’s Emergency Services Sector and the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) to equip the state with stronger resources in preparation for future catastrophic bushfire events.
Premier Steven Marshall said the comprehensive response was an integral part of creating a safer, stronger and more resilient South Australia.

"Last year's devastating bushfire season saw almost 279,000 hectares of land burnt, almost 68,000 livestock perished, and tragically, three lives lost," Premier Marshall said.

"We have responded swiftly to the Review and have already begun implementing a number of immediate action items in preparation for the 2020/21 bushfire season," the Premier said.

A total of 68 findings and 15 recommendations were identified as part of the Independent Review and five key themes highlighted:

  • Additional support and resources for volunteers, including extra staff and equipment
  • Better protection for critical assets
  • Enhanced communications and technology
  • Improved information before, during and after bushfires
  • Improved mental health support for Emergency Services Sector

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Vincent Tarzia said the State Government's full response to the Keelty Review is about protecting all South Australians and ensuring those risking their safety on the frontline are protected with the best technology and equipment available. 

"The conditions that gripped the state in the 2019/20 bushfire season were some of the worst on record. Blazes wreaked havoc in the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, and the South East," Minister Tarzia said. 

"Our Emergency Services staff and volunteers deserve the upmost respect for their extraordinary efforts to protect lives and property. The Marshall Liberal Government's comprehensive response outlines how we can support these groups, so that South Australia is better prepared for its next bushfire emergency."

To read the full media release, click here.

Full response: 2019/2020 Bushfire Season Outcomes


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