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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 To conclude on that subject, I hope that the minister will realise the importance of his position, and the importance of research to the development of agriculture, horticulture and other primary production in the Northern Territory and that he will do something about regaining control of this land. Mr Reed: We are about to lose another one. The ALP supported our paying rent on one of our other research stations. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: That is another story for another day. The other matter that I would 1 i ke to address toni ght is the s i tuat ion in respect of some volunteer fire brigades in the rural area. It does not re 1 ate to the volunteer fi re bri gades under the control of the Bushfi res Council of the Northern Territory,which is under the control of the Conservation Commission. It relates to some of the volunteer bushfire brigades which are under the control of the Northern Territory Fire Service. They are less than happy with a decree which was issued by the previous director, who left a short time ago. He decided that those volunteer fire brigades under the control of the Fire Service could not attend a permit burn. I will explain the concept of a permit burn for the benefit of honourable members who may not be familiar with it. If you have a property and you wish to burn off, you must first get your firebreaks in order and do other things pertaining to fire control such as making available trucks or utes with water tanks attached to them and demonstrating a knowledge of how you intend to go about burning off. An inspection is made of your premises to see that you have all the necessary gear and that your fi rebreaks are in order and, if everything is satisfactory, a permit is issued with certain conditions attached to it. This is the procedure that I have followed for years in burning off, and other people have done the same. I do not need outsiders to help me because I know what to do and I can get help from family members and other people I know. There are some people who live on the outskirts of the rural area who have no means of controlling the grass on their properties other than by burning off. They may not yet have bores down. They may have just settled on their blocks and they really need to burn off to keep the danger away from houses and outbuildings. Having ensured that their. firebreaks and everything else are in order, they apply for a permit to burn. However, because the task is unfamiliar to them, they request the volunteer bushfire brigade to sland by while they burn off. For the life of me, I cannot see why the Director of the Fire Service issued on edict which prohibited volunteer bushfire brigades under his control from attending permit burns, because the Bushfire Council allows all of its volunteer brigades to attend permit burns. In fact, some of the Bushfire Council's volunteer bushfire brigades use this service to the community as a means of raising money. The Fire Service called a meeting in the rural area, which I attended. Representatives of the volunteer brigades under the control of the Fire Service attended as well. A couple of those volunteer brigades do not wish to attend permit burns for local reasons, and that is up to them. They have sussed out the local situation and, because permit burns are not relevant to it, they do not wi sh to attend. On the other hand, there are those volunteer bushfire brigades which, in the interests of educating people to control and manage fire, wish to have permission to attend permit burns. 9972