Keelty to lead review into SA bushfires

Keelty to lead review into SA bushfires


An independent review will be conducted into the unprecedented 2019-20 bushfire season.


THE State Government has announced an independent review will start immediately into the unprecedented 2019-20 bushfire season, with a focus on both the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek fires.

The intent of the review is to look into SA's preparedness for dealing with significant bushfire activity and what can be done to mitigate the impact of bushfires on our communities into the future.

The State Government has asked former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty to lead the review with the support of the SA Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) and experts from across our State's emergency services sector.

Mr Keelty will be able to draw upon his significant operational experience and the reviews he has conducted after previous bushfire seasons on behalf of other States.

"I look forward to the opportunity of working with the SA Government and those involved in the firefighting operations to review and analyse the bushfire season to improve bushfire preparedness for the future," he said.

This is about ensuring our State is as ready and prepared as we can be for further significant bushfires. - STEVEN MARSHALL

Premier Steven Marshall said although the season isn't over yet and there remains a risk of further bushfire activity in the coming months, it's important to start looking into how the State can adapt and learn from recent events.

"This is about ensuring our State is as ready and prepared as we can be for further significant bushfires," he said.

"We know there is still a long road to recovery and that our dedicated firefighters are still on high alert, but if we can take something valuable from what we have lived through then we will be better placed to respond in years to come."

Emergency Services Minister Corey Wingard said the review would have a broad scope and would look into preparation, planning, community resilience, response and recovery.

"There are many areas in which we need to focus our attention to ensure we are appropriately positioned to respond to and recover from significant natural disaster events," he said.

"Our emergency services have done an outstanding job these past few months and this inquiry will help identify any learnings that can be applied next season."

Findings of the review are anticipated to be delivered by the end of June.

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