The Committee's terms of reference are to examine:
Hazard reduction and other fire prevention measures.
The environmental impact of bushfire management and control on biodiversity and
biophysical processes and the application of research, technology and
management techniques to minimise the impacts.
The causal factors of the bushfires including an investigation of land use
decisions, development planning, and the responsibilities of property owners
that will reduce bushfire risk and the environmental impact of bushfire
The adequacy of equipment available to, and training of, Rural Fire Brigades.
The adequacy or otherwise of building regulations currently in operation in New
South Wales with particular emphasis on the Australian community bushfire
safety standards for houses.
The use of aircraft in firefighting.
The adequacy of changes made to bushfire planning and fighting, development
planning and other relevant matters since the 1994 bushfires.
The Committee is to report by 28 June 2002.
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.