1 August 2018
Fire-affected farmers need answers
The Victorian Farmers Federation says farmers must not be left to bear the full brunt of the devastating
south-west fires following the release of Energy Safe Victoria’s (ESV) technical reports into the blazes.
One of the ESV reports released yesterday indicates additional investigations will occur into The Sisters fire
at Garvoc, which involved a termite-infested power pole. Investigations will also continue into the Terang
fire, which involved clashing powerlines.
United Dairyfarmers of Victoria President Adam Jenkins said he looked forward to the further investigations
resulting in a positive outcome for farmers, and that resolution was urgently needed.
“This has been a traumatic time for all farmers affected, and any further delays only serve to make the
situation worse. Affected farmers must be compensated as quickly as possible,” said Mr Jenkins.
“UDV is calling on ESV to complete their investigations as soon as possible. We will continue monitoring
progress and want answers for farmers without delay.”
Victorian Farmers Federation President David Jochinke said the VFF would closely follow developments in
the investigations and the implementation of any recommendations.
“Farmers have suffered losses as a result of these fires and need to be compensated. Our priority is the
welfare of the farmers and ensuring steps are taken to prevent similar fires occurring in the future,” said Mr
“Any findings resulting from these further investigations must be adopted as a matter of urgency.”
Additional ESV reports indicate no further investigation will occur in relation to the Gazette fire at Yatchaw,
the Gnotuk fire, the Minjah fire and the Warrnambool-Cobden fire at Laang, despite all involving trees
The March 2018 fires burnt thousands of hectares, killed over 2,000 livestock, and damaged hundreds of
farm businesses. Many in the region are still trying to get back on their feet after the devastation.
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About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a
positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our
members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social
licence in a community that respects and values the sector.