Wine Victoria has welcomed the news that the Victorian Government will consult stakeholders and communities on bushfire fuel management recommendations made by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM).
The report, titled Review of Performance Targets for Bushfire Fuel Management on Public Land, was released on May 21 and includes a recommended shift away from a hectare-based fuel reduction target to a risk-reduction target.
IGEM has also called for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to "continue to develop and employ its capability to predict the smoke effects of planned burning".
Wine Victoria has been actively advocating for a risk based approach to fuel reduction, in addition to working with the Australian Wine Research Institute to understand research objectives that would assist in reducing the risk of any smoke related impacts on the industry's annual vintage.
Wine Victoria will seek to further engage with the Government on how it proceeds with IGEM's recommendations.
"These recommended changes to planned burns targets are important developments for Victoria's wine-grape growers and producers, and we will be seeking to be involved in the government's consultation process," says Wine Victoria Chair and Mount Langi Ghiran General Manager Damien Sheehan.
It is anticipated that the Government will make a decision on the recommendations later this year.
The report can be accessed here.