IN his review of the state's horrific summer bushfire season, former Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty found hazard reduction processes were clouded by confusion.
The Native Vegetation Council has mostly been removed from the process, with the Country Fire Service responsible for authorising hazard reductions.
But Mr Keelty said more support was required to "cut the red tape" to better allow the CFS to carry out the process.
Woodside Brigade captain Craig Paschke, who has been a CFS volunteer for more than 30 years, said volunteers were "bogged down with compliance" when looking to approve hazard reduction requests.
"By the time you do the paperwork and talk with all the associated groups, it's just not worth it. The process is so onerous for people who want to help," he said.
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