There are allegations that the Central Highlands bushfire could have been handled in just a few days if not for laws regarding the management of world heritage area (WHA).
The bushfire, which went on to burn 50,000 hectares of bushland, originated within a WHA area. The Shooters, Farmers and Fishers party are alleging that local fire authorities requested fire control measures such as earth moving equipment and water assets, but this is not allowed in a WHA.
Ken Orr, Deputy Leader of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, lives and works in the Central Highlands. He joins Brian Carlton this morning to call for immediate action from the State Government for more effective bushfire control in WHA.