The Select Committee on the Fire and Emergency Services Bill tabled its final report in the House of Assembly today.
The Committee, chaired by Mr Peter Treloar MP, Member for Flinders, made 10 recommendations regarding Clause 23 of the Bill, which extends the powers of the Country Fire Service (CFS) in directing prescribed activities.
While the report recommends that the proposed powers be introduced, it states the Bill should clarify that South Australian Police officers, as the chief authority for law enforcement, have the power to issue directions.
Mr Treloar said these directions will be made in consultation with local communities, the CFS and local government Fire Prevention Officers.
Given the success of, and stakeholder support of, the Grain Harvesting Code of Practice, the Committee further recommends the exercise of powers in section 82 take into account relevant industry-led codes of practice.
The Committee also insists that the SA Government develops enforcement criteria and guidelines for the exercise of the proposed powers
“The powers proposed in this Bill aim to ensure our CFS are properly equipped to prevent bushfire risks,” Mr Treloar said.
“The Committee has investigated the possible implications of these powers for people across South Australia, based on a broad range of stakeholder submissions, and is pleased with the outcomes.”
“On behalf of the Committee, I thank all those who took the time to contribute to the inquiry,” Mr Treloar said.
The Committee consisted of the Member for Finniss, Mr David Basham MP, the Member for Heysen, Mr Josh Teague MP, the Member for Mawson, Hon Leon Bignell MP and the Member for Giles, Mr Eddie Hughes MP.
The Committee received 39 submissions and held four public hearings in Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Balaklava and Keith. The final report, submissions and hearing transcripts are available from the Committee’s website.
Mr Peter Treloar MP, Presiding Member, 08 8683 0722.
Contact the Committee’s Parliamentary Officer via:
Phone: 08 8237 9223
Post: GPO Box 572, Adelaide, 5001