Calls for more firies this horror season
CONTINUING cuts to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s firefighting capacity have left NSW at serious risk in the face of one of the most dangerous fire seasons in the state’s history, a union has claimed.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has only conducted 95,589 hectares of hazard-reduction burns this year – well short of its target of 135,000 hectares.
AWU NSW state secretary Daniel Walton said firefighters had already battled dozens of bushfires and fire season was only just beginning.
“Given the ongoing drought conditions across the state, and the increasing likelihood of El Nino conditions over summer, NSW is potentially heading into one of the most catastrophic fire seasons on record,” he said.
“The failure to reach hazard reduction burn targets is extremely worrying – but it is unsurprising given the NSW Government’s reckless approach to managing the state’s national parks.
“The restructure of NPWS has seen the service lose around 25 per cent of its best and most experienced specialist firefighters.”