State Election 2020 Scorecard: Disaster Response
Interestingly, no political party have made announcements to meet AgForce’s wishes for a review into the State Disaster Management Plan.
The LNP will review the effectiveness of national park Good Neighbour Policy and have released a comprehensive bushfire management plan which includes streamlined approval processes, deemed approval after 15 business days, lifting hazard reduction activities, establishing a Natural Disaster Cabinet Committee to monitor preparations, monitored grazing in some state lands, restoring local control to Rural Fire brigades including establishing a Rural Fire Board, and a review of aerial firefighting capability.
KAP place a large emphasis on Bushfire Management, noting workplace, health and safety problems for famers when moving livestock and insufficient firebreak-width alongside roads, fences etc. This is policy development completed with the support from AgForce. KAP also note the inadequate “lock it up and leave approach” to state land management with this being significantly underfunded, especially a lack of on-ground staff.
ONP have proposed a Good Neighbour Policy that aligns to AgForce’s calls for a review into QPWS Good Neighbour Policy and landholder links.
The Greens and Queensland Labor are yet to make relevant announcements on this policy area.