Protection of lives and property ‘incredibly important’ as bushfire season approaches

NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns says the protection of lives and property is “incredibly important” as residents prepare for the next bushfire season but firebreaks shouldn’t result in “unnecessary land clearing”.

It comes as the Hawkesbury City Council voted down a proposal, nine to three, which would allow residents to clear a 25-metre firebreak around their property.

“Obviously we need to work with councils and make sure that these firebreaks don’t result in unnecessary land clearing,” Mr Minns told Sky News host Alan Jones.

“That’s obviously the problem on the urban fringe in places like Hawkesbury and Hornsby in particular.”