The east Gippsland fires have been estimated to have cost the government (tax payer) up to $140 million to manage. We are hearing that so much of this was reckless waste – machines laying idle at $2000 a day or more, bulldozers left to do their own thing just to keep them employed. Strike teams sent from across the state for a day of ‘look-see’ or waiting around, to drive back the next day.
We need an enquiry into these fires and that MUST include looking at the unaccountable waste of money during an ‘emergency’ – as this then comes from Treasury and not DEPI funds. There is little care or accounting for how much is wasted doing what.
Read the leaked report (PDF) here