On 1st November a concerned group of people from Castlemaine, Bendigo and surrounding areas, meeting in the Chewton Town Hall, decided to form a network to lobby and campaign for major changes to the State Government’s current and forthcoming fuel reduction burning programs.
After assembling a wide range of ideas for action, and gaining a state-wide strategic overview from Philip Ingamells of VNPA, and some suggestions from a legal perspective from Brendan Sydes of the Environment Defenders Office, the meeting divided into smaller groups to address each sub-group of actions. These sub-groups included: Overall (organization, etc) Legal, Community Education, Media, Social Media, and Monitoring (pre and post burn site monitoring, and possibly monitoring of actual burning operations).
A further meeting to advance the implementation of action plans, and to include a workshop on legal issues is proposed to be held on Thursday 6th December. For further information or for inclusion on the network email list, please contact Elaine Bayes firstname.lastname@example.org