Livestock

Call to hold fire inquest

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July 27, 2017

Farmers want an inquest into a bushfire which devastated 55000ha of farmland in NSW’s central west and killed thousands of sheep and cattle.

Farmers want an inquest into a bushfire which devastated 55000ha of farmland in NSW’s central west and killed thousands of sheep and cattle.

NSW Farmers Association members at their annual conference in Sydney last Thursday voted for a coronial inquest into the Sir Ivan Bushfire which ripped through farmland east of Dunedoo in February.

The bushfire destroyed about 35 homes and all but wiped out the village of Uarbry amid catastrophic fire conditions fuelled by record temperatures.

An inquest would be a chance to investigate any communication issues that may have played a part in the blaze, NSW Farmers Association Rural Affairs Committee chair Sonia O’Keefe said.

‘‘The fire has caused a lot of angst and distress for our members who were impacted and they believe there was inadequate communication between the RFS (Rural Fire Service) senior leadership team and those on the fire front,’’ Ms O’Keefe said.

The meeting also passed another motion to examine the shortcomings of bushfire management and ensure livestock and pastures were given correct importance by the RFS.

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