Ian Cook writes to the Cove community ... On Thursday 20th November I met with representatives from Great Lakes Council along with the Manager, NSW Rural Fire Service Customer Service Centre (North) at North Arm Cove Community Hall. I imagine that the majority of the community knew we were there as we managed to activate the alarm, many thanks to Doug for his quick response ...
Already, this early in the season, we have had a small bush fire quite close our Village - an ominous warning of what might lie ahead this summer. An excellent, must-watch, series: Bushfires - Inside the Inferno began on SBS last night. Do check it out if you missed it. The footage of sustained ember attacks (which can occur 10, 15 or more kilometres ahead of the main fire-front) was quite startling.
Attached to this article is a listing of issues that were raised during Ian Cook's meetings with the various groups and residents of North Arm Cove. Ian has gone through each of the issues and looked at options available for research and then listed recommended actions for each consideration. Ian hopes that the community will agree that this process will allows a thorough and non prejudicial approach.
The Royal Commission into the 2009, Victorian Black Saturday bush fires delivered a number of recommendations that reiterated the importance of educating the community on the most appropriate action to take prior to and during a bush fire. Recommendations of the final report, which relate to bush fire safety policy, provide the impetus for the creation of the Community Protection Planning (CPP) framework.