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Mandatory Clearing of Bushfire Asset Protection Zones in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Ian Olsson
Russell Island Development Association Inc
73/350 Boundary Road

Total Signatures - 794

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 16/01/2020

Closing Date: 31/03/2020

Tabled Date: 22/04/2020

Responded By: Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP on 22/05/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland Residents draws to the attention of the House: that Russell Island is one of many areas in Queensland where local governments stipulate vegetation protection. In some cases, clearing is limited to three metres (3m) from a property boundary. Given climate change and its recent demonstrated pronounced risk of catastrophic bushfire damage to residential and other assets, there needs to be State laws and regulations stipulating minimum clearing distances of hazardous vegetation that contributes to the fuel load for such bushfires.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to: do all within its power to legislate state-wide mandatory clearing of bushfire asset protection zones around residential buildings and other assets of hazardous vegetation for a minimum of distance fifty metres (50m) and beyond into bushfire buffer protection zones if warranted.