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Bushfire inquest resumed (and there was much rejoicing)

By Kerces - 17 October 2005 4

The coronial inquest into the 2003 bushfires resumed today after a delay of almost a year.

Bushfire expert Trevor Roche took the witness stand to comment on a planning meeting held on 8 January 2003.

He also was asked his opinion on the Emergency Services Bureau’s education campaigns. He said a mail out was not ideal because many people would just think it was junk mail and throw the information out.

UPDATED: ABC Online is now reporting that, surprise surprise, the ESB was aware of the risk of fire in the suburbs in November 2002 and had asked for a community officer.

Mr McRae sent an email detailing increasing drought levels and dwindling water supplies.

He writes that the flammability of urban areas may reach levels that have not been seen before and warns fire fronts could move through gardens and embers could start spot fires well within the suburbs.

The court also heard that the ESB was facing budget constraints leading up to the fires and requests for extra aerial firefighting capability and a community officer had been rejected by the ACT Government.

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4 Responses to
Bushfire inquest resumed (and there was much rejoicing)
benett 2:36 pm 20 Oct 05

how long does it take to do all of this examination of evidence etc. god im sick of hearing about this on the news…..ITS OVER….Things happen…….Bloody hell

Mr Evil 11:49 am 18 Oct 05

Maybe Stanhope is hoping that all this grandstanding about the Draft Legislation will draw the media/public’s attention away from the Bushfire Inquest?

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 5:41 pm 17 Oct 05

What if he pulls twin rabbits out of the hat, that could be interesting.

Thumper 5:11 pm 17 Oct 05

Yay!

How long before Stanhope pulls another rabbit out of the proverbial hat.

hmmm, one one hand we have a leaked draft bill, on the other, an alleged cover up over a bushfire inquiry.

God I’m cynical, I should go home….

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