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CFA's second Fiskville submission
CFA’s second submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee Inquiry into Fiskville Training College is now publically available. Click here to view.
The submission, provided to the Inquiry in February 2016, addressed a range of matters raised during the Inquiry's hearings.
The committee’s final report is expected to be tabled in Parliament soon, and the Government is required to respond within six months of the final report.
The timeframe for the tabling of the Fiskville Inquiry’s final report was extended, given the extensive documentation received by the Committee and the need to hear from a wide range of agencies and experts, including CFA.
CFA Chief Executive Officer Lucinda Nolan said significant work had already been implemented as part of the recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry’s Interim Report and other reviews.
“We have complied with a wide range of recommendations for testing of soil, water and sediments at Fiskville and surrounding areas. We continue to dedicate significant time and effort to ensure that we not only fix our mistakes but we also continue to build the capability of the organisation so that we do not repeat history,” Lucinda said.
“I can assure all CFA members and the Victorian community that our response to the recommendations from the Final Report will be guided by our ongoing commitment to demonstrate that CFA learned from what happened at Fiskville.”
Meanwhile, work is continuing to secure a site for a new training facility in the Central Highlands.
“The Government has invested over $46 million in the development of a state-of-the-art facility and a further $80 million has been allocated to upgrade our regional training centres as well as remediate and decommission the Fiskville site.”
The investment in the RTCs will enable small-scale clean up works, new water treatment plants, upgraded drainage systems and more catchment dams.
RTCs have been subject to than 40 reports by toxicology and environmental experts. All found the levels of PFOS were low and that training could continue.