Affected residents encouraged to make submissions

Submissions open for the NSW Bushfire Inquiry

Submissions are open for the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry and the Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey encourages people to offer their experience, ideas and views.

"Following the recent devastating bushfires throughout our region and the State, many discussions have been had about how better to prepare for bushfires," Mrs Pavey said.

"These conversations, along with the necessity to do better, has led to the NSW Government undertaking an independent Inquiry.

"This Inquiry needs your input to be a success and I encourage all locals to lodge a submission."

For details regarding how to make submissions to the Inquiry, please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/projects-and-initiatives/make-a-submission-to-the-bushfire-inquiry/

The Inquiry will be travelling to bushfire affected communities to meet with and hear directly from people who have been impacted. The schedule for community visits will be posted online as soon as it is confirmed, and the Inquiry will inform local communities ahead of all visits to ensure it reaches as many people as possible.

More information about the Inquiry can be found at:https://www.nsw.gov.au/bushfireinquiry

Submissions close on March 27, 2020.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced an independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season to provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season.

Dave Owens APM, former Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, and Professor Mary O'Kane AC, Independent Planning Commission Chair and former NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, are leading the six-month inquiry, which is reviewing the causes of, preparation for and response to the 2019-20 bushfires.