The Independent Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season continues with ongoing engagement across the state. 

Recognising the current situation with the Coronavirus / COVID-19, I have consulted with Victoria’s Chief Health Officer to ensure that our engagement is being conducted in line with current public health requirements.

I have now completed 15 community meetings in fire-affected areas. These meetings have been very positive, with appreciation expressed that we are progressing with the inquiry and providing an opportunity for community members to tell their story.

I will continue to liaise with the Chief Health Officer to ensure that we are maintaining a safe environment with our engagement activities. This is a rapidly changing situation and advice may change from day to day with regard to public gatherings.

We will keep you informed of any changes as we become aware of them.


Tony Pearce