The 2019-20 bushfires had significant impacts on the Victorian community and natural environment.
The bushfires burnt approximately 1.5 million hectares across Victoria and impacted important environmental, cultural, social and economic values provided for by our forests.
The Australian and Victorian Governments have agreed to undertake a Major Event Review of Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) to assess the impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires and identify if future remedial actions need to be taken.
An independent Panel is undertaking the review. It is comprised of:
- Dr Gillian Sparkes, the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.
- Ms Katherine Mullett, a proud Gunaikurnai, Ngarigo Monero woman with a strong background in Cultural Heritage Management and Land Management.
- Dr Tony Bartlett, an experienced forester who has worked in Australian and international forestry.
To support the Panel's work, the Australian and Victorian Governments have prepared a Summary Report outlining the known data about key impacts of the 2019–20 bushfires on Victoria’s RFAs, in relation to:
- forested areas within the fire affected area
- the Comprehensive Adequate and Representative (CAR) reserve system
- forest industries
- Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES), including listed species and ecological communities
- social and economic values
- cultural values, including Traditional Owner values, and
- ecosystem services.
How do I participate?
Your input will inform the independent Panel and help them to assess the impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires and identify if future remedial actions need to be taken.
Please read the Summary Report and Frequently Asked Questions.
The independent Panel is undertaking community consultation over August - September 2021.
To register for a session, click on the Eventbrite link at the following webpages:
What are the next steps?
Your feedback on the Summary Report will be collated and provided to the Panel to inform their considerations and findings.
The Panel will also be informed by Traditional Owner knowledge, science and conversations with the community through meetings and consultation.
Face-to-face community engagement is challenging in the current health situation. DELWP have been adapting activities to ensure the public can still have conversations while following all guidelines to make sure everybody is safe.