6489. Mr Northe to ask the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water — With reference all prescribed burns within 30 kilometres of the Latrobe Valley’s three open cut brown coal mines: (1) Can the Minister provide detail of the specific localities, size and dates of burns that have taken place in 2014–15 and 2015–16. (2) Can the Minister provide detail of the specific localities, size and dates of burns that are scheduled to occur in 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18. (3) Can the Minister provide detail of burns that have been scheduled and then ultimately cancelled in 2014–15 and 2015–16.
ANSWER: I am informed that: Details of all planned burns are available in Fire Operations Plans (FOPs) at http://delwp.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/managing-bushfire-risk/fire-operations-planning/approved-fire-operations-plan. Burns that are listed on the plans are not cancelled but can be deferred if the right conditions to balance the success and safety of a planned burn are not met, such as temperature, soil moisture, humidity and wind direction.