Early bushfire detection given cutting edge boost

The State Government will provide a $2m investment in 2022 to 2023 to replace fire towers with new technologies.

The funding will introduce new initiatives and a landscape level fire detection program achieved through state-of-the-art technology, while ensuring existing towers are serviceable during the transition.

The new technologies will improve ability to detect dangerous fires early, which is important in facilitating a rapid response and minimising the loss of plantation assets during a natural disaster.

Industry and relevant government agencies are closely cooperating to progress the roll out in the Limestone Coast.

Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Development and Forest Industries Clare Scriven said the forestry industry was one of the most significant contributors to the state’s economy.

“This investment ensures we continue our commitment to protect these important assets,” Minister Scriven said.

“Working with key forestry stakeholders in the Limestone Coast, I know this investment will contribute to more effective plantation management, particularly through the bushfire season.”

Minister for Emergency Services Joe Szakacs said the $2m demonstrated the government’s commitment to effective fire detection and commitment to new and emerging technology.

“Using enhanced technology for our forestry firefighting capabilities will improve the safety of those people who live and work in forestry industries and areas,” he said.

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