COODE ISLAND COMMUNITY
ITEM 1. WELCOME BY THE CHAIR,
APOLOGIES & CONFIRMATION OF DRAFT AGENDA
Apologies: Carlo Fasolino
ITEM 2. PRESENTATION – CRAIG
LAPSLEY, FIRE SERVICES COMMISSIONER
bushfires in 2009 were fundamental in changing the way fire services establish
priorities. The need for someone to bring together the three fire fighting
agencies (MMFB, DSE and CFA) was recognised in Recommendation 63 of the 2009
Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission..
handed around a one page information leaflet – “A renewed focus on
primacy of life”, which focused on issuing of timely, relevant and tailored
emergency warnings to people along with the traditional focus on protecting
life and property through fire fighting.
new legislation talks about:-
1. Reform program: a 3 year rolling program of renewal
2. Set of standards for Fire Services to establish consistency across
DSE, CFA and MFB. (Craig noted that this was a problem area for other states
3. The Fire Services Commissioner has operational control of all major
fires – he can determine what is major (significant impact on the
community and of long duration i.e. greater than one day)
4. Information to community and issuing warnings
5. Training and accreditation for executives of the three services.
Control priorities shall form the basis of the Incident Strategy and Incident
Action Planning processes.
Strategic Control priorities were issued
by the Fire Services Commissioner to all emergency Incident Controllers in all
Victoria’s fire and emergency services, providing direction in the management
of fires, floods and other incidents. They are:
1. Protection and preservation of life is paramount
2. Issuing of community information and community warnings –
extends to pre-emergency preparation
3. Protection of critical infrastructure and community assets
4. Protection of residential property
5. Protection of assets supporting individual livelihoods and economic
6. Protection of environmental and conservation assets
distributed an A3 information guide titled “Your Bushfire Survival”
What to do:-
i. Leave early – always the safest option
ii. Be well prepared – your safety is not guaranteed
iii. Last resort – High risk of trauma, injury or death
more information visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au
or call the Victorian bushfire Information line 1800 240 667.
stated that Incident Controllers need to manage the fire and the community at
the same time, which will require some culture change, and the increased use of
iphones, social media, twitter and faebook.
between Telcos are still a little in evidence. There are different radio
systems in Melbourne (UHF) and the country (VHF), and problems with integration
exist. We’ve still got old technology – we have the best radios but not IP
(Internet Protocol). We need to interface with IP technology for voice over the
internet. Craig quoted an example of a lady in the community who, during a fire
emergency, was better informed than the fire-fighters.
whether the emergency services had a bias towards middle-aged men?
in a general way, with reference later in the session to the need for cultural
change. He discussed the challenges of the 7 Feb 2009 fires and the floods of
seven rivers this year. We’re not good at managing the very big emergency.
whether we had enough helicopters?
currently have 41 aircraft and 24 helicopters. Last year we had 4 big
helicopters, two big Russian helicopters, 8 medium sized and 12 light
helicopters.. None of these machines are owned. These machines are specialist
machines and companies move them globally around the world to keep them
occupied. We have a strong commercial arrangement with 3rd parties
in relation to fire break clearing equipment.
building regulations on private bunkers go to Google Wildfire and you will find
a product that has been fully tested by the CSIRO. It is an underground
bunker, totally certified, and has been developed and marketed by Anthony Tratt..
Chair: the following web site is relevant
Ian Ian also raised the
issue of whether there should be control of where we live, to prevent people
living in areas where the fire risk is too high.
copies of Annual Report 2010 -11
there been any success with greater ground clearing to prevent fires?
10/30 rule (which applies within areas covered by the Bushfire Management
Overlay in Victoria’s planning schemes – country Victoria and some Metropolitan
areas) has been extended recently to 10/50. That means within 10 metres of a
home, all vegetation may be cleared without a permit, while all vegetation
except trees may be cleared within 50 metres.
has also been a better view within planning of the need for owners to take
responsibility if they are building in the bush.
1958 Acts governing the CFA and the MMFB need to be rewritten to better
integrate the organisations. Organisational improvement is needed to address
the hierarchical structure, and to build capability and capacity. The
corporatisation of farming has had severe impact on the manpower available for
about the harnessing of people who do have experience in managing big
this was necessary, and gave an example of how it was happening in the
management of large floods.
the need for cultural change, Emergency Services can be arrogant. The main
areas for action lie within leadership, empowering communities, accountability
in Wye River between the Life Saving Club and the CFA has demonstrated the
benefits for each organisation in having a broader view.
Craig for coming and sharing his thoughts: it has been fascinating listening to
what you had to tell us.
ITEM 3. CONFIRM DRAFT MINUTES FOR
THE MEETING 8 SEPTEMBER 2011 AND REVIEW ACTION ITEM LIST
Minutes – Adopted.
ITEM 4. REPORTS FROM AGENCIES AND
Jessamy has taken over from
distributed Activity Report
distributed – 5 Year Plan 2011 -2016
consultation on Victoria’s vehicle emissions review
final Noise from Industry in Regional Victoria
24 hour pollution hot line – 1330 EPA Vic (1300
372 842) commenced on 1 July 2011.
Jessamy and asked that she email the EPA Activity Report to him prior to
TERMINALS PTY LTD
- New MHF licence workshops
- New computer-based product distribution System
– went to America to source.
Nothing to report.
ITEM 5. OTHER BUSINESS
Reducing Meeting frequency and the possibility of having some meetings
Peter We would like to reduce the meeting frequency from 4 per
year to 3 and have 1 meeting on site so we can actually look at the site at the
Robin Geelong meetings happen at 3pm which is very
Ian I am not open to earlier time, the time we meet is
good and duration. Strongly object to reducing meetings. Like to see us
continue at 4 meetings per year.
Bro My observation that once you fall below quarterly
they loose their dynamic.
Agreed to keep 4 meetings per year.
Robin I have already notified people of dates for next
year. We will re visit towards end of next year. One of those 4 meetings will
be held at the site.
Agreed to hold a meeting on site.
Peter We have more resources to attend meetings if held
Robin Asked committee regarding availability on Wednesday.
Agreed to move one meeting to Wednesday at 3pm.
Deborah Thanked Robin for another excellent year.
MEETING DATES FOR NEXT YEAR 2012 (re-jigged
by the Chair after the meeting)
Wednesday 29 Feb (3:00pm), Thursday 31 May, Thursday 30 August and Wednesday
28 November 2012. The Wednesday meetings will be at the Terminals site office
at Mackenzie Road, Coode Island.
MEETING CLOSED – 8:30pm
NEXT MEETING Wednesday 29 February, 2012 at 3:00 pm, at
Terminals site office, Mackenzie Road, Coode Island