Agriculture Minister and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud

July 14, 2020

Member for Maranoa – and Minister for Emergency Management – David Littleproud has urged all Australians to prepare for another tough bushfire season.

This follows the publication on Tuesday of the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook (July 2020) by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Co-operative Research Centre.

The mid-year review covers all States and Territories through to September.

“With memories of last summer’s horror bushfire season still fresh in our minds, all Australians, especially in the high-risk areas outlined in the report, should be planning to protect their family and property,” Minister Littleproud said.

The report identifies above-normal risk of fires in south-east NSW and north-west Western Australia.

In Queensland, normal fire potential is expected, however there is a risk of grass fires due to good grass growth in some areas.

The report will be used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions such as resource planning and prescribed fire management.

“We’re working with Councils, States and Territories to keep Australians safe this summer. We cannot afford to be complacent,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Start to think about your fire plan now and know what you will do if you need to evacuate.

“Talk to your neighbours, ask them about their evacuation plan and let them know about your plan.

“If we work together and look out for each other, we’ll get through the bushfire season.

“People wanting more information on how to plan and prepare should contact their local fire service.”

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