Malone attacks state over bushfire threat

MEMBER for Mirani Ted Malone says government bureaucracy has stopped departments being proactive and properly preparing for the upcoming bushfire season.

Mr Malone said more back burning work should have been done in preparation.

The LNP politician, who was heavily critical of the actions of Queensland Parks and Wildlife following the 2009 bushfires, said he understood there was a big body of fuel in the Berserkers.

“It's very dry,” Mr Malone said.

“I also understand that some of the fire breaks needed last time are still not established properly.”

He said the last fire had promoted the regrowth of grass and weeds which now exacerbated the situation.

“I am concerned the departments of Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the EPA have not been able to be proactive with regards to back burning,” Mr Malone said.

“It appears bureaucracy got to the stage where they can't make decisions that are proactive.”

However, Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said he would take his advice on how well prepared the city was from the professionals rather than Mr Malone or Neil Fisher.

Mr Schwarten said the professionals with the government's departments were more than capable of making informed decisions.

“Both Ted and Neil think they know more than these people,” Mr Schwarten said.

“Ted would be far better butting out of Rockhampton and minding his own business.”

He said he thought Mr Fisher was more interested in promoting his own political interests – a point rejected by Mr Fisher, whose home and business were damaged in the last fire.



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