In August 2023, EJA made a submission on Victoria’s Draft Bushfire Management Strategy, outlining key issues with the draft strategy.
EJA has undertaken a range of work relating to the issue of bushfires in Victoria, bushfire management and bushfire strategy in general. These areas of work and engagement can be categorised into the following:
- Legal and policy analysis and advice on use and application of cultural fire by Aboriginal Traditional Owners (also referred to as cultural burns or cultural burning in the Draft Strategy);
- Ecological impacts and management of planned burning operations, including legal considerations;
- Pollution impacts and management of planning burning operations, including legal considerations.
We will contend with each of these issues in turn in these submission. Our experience and expertise in respect of each are relevant to the proposed Bushfire Management Strategy for Victoria.