Strengthening bushfire mitigation measures Tue 21 August 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Police and Emergency Management Changes to Tasmania's Fire Service Act are aimed at ensuring better management of vegetation to manage bushfire risks, the Minister for Police and Emergency Management David O'Byrne said today. Mr O'Byrne said the amendments, introduced to Parliament today, were in line with recommendations from the Royal Commission into the 2009 Victorian bushfires. "These changes will clarify and increase the powers available to the State Fire Management Council for bushfire mitigation," he said. "This includes the power to declare any part of the State a Fire Management Area, which ensures that specific programs to manage bushfire fuels are in place for that region. "The changes also will include changes to representation on Fire Management Area Committees, to ensure stakeholder involvement from major land-based managers in that area, such as Local Government. "The amendments will also ensure the committees have a focus on the preparation of fire protection plans for their area, as well as identifying and prioritising vegetation risks, and works to mitigate perceived risks." Mr O'Byrne said the amendments had been developed in consultation with Local Government and private stakeholders. "The State Government, councils, private businesses and landowners all have an important role to play in managing the potential risks of bushfires posed by vegetation fuels," he said. "These changes will ensure we have a clear and consistent approach in place across the state to managing these risks into the future."