These are updates from the Emergency Management Commissioner.
Human rights start with you – Human Rights Week 2019
As I reflect on the situation in NSW and QLD, my thoughts are very much with the firefighters, emergency services and in particular, the communities impacted by fires in those states.
Last night the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2019 passed through the Upper House and will become legislation in Victoria.
Every year on 4 May we recognise International Firefighters’ Day, where we show our appreciation for those who selflessly protect people, communities and properties every day of the year.
This week, my thoughts have been with our New Zealand friends, colleagues, emergency services and broader community and with Muslim communities throughout the world.
The Victorian community and our emergency management personnel have faced tough conditions over the last few days, weeks and months. From March 1 to March 5, we have experienced 380 fires, with the majority resulting from lightning strikes.
This week marks ten years since the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. While it is widely known as ‘Black Saturday’, we know that 374 people died in the heatwaves leading up to it, and there were fires across Victoria beyond that one tragic day of 7 February.
The Victorian Court of Appeal’s judgement regarding the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s (VEOHRC) Independent Equity and Diversity Review of MFB and CFA was handed down last week and means that the report will not be released at this time
It is my second week since I started as Emergency Management Commissioner and I am excited about the future and what the role has to offer.