Report Highlights Potential Bushfire Risks For Uriarra Village

Further consultancy on the proposed solar facility at Uriarra Village has shed further light on the real bushfire risks which could be created by the project, Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall said today.

“The report “Assessment of Fire Risk to Uriarra Village” by Helen Bull of Obliqua confirms residents concerns that the development of a solar power plant opposite the village will in fact pose a bush fire risk,” Mr Wall said.

“The 4.3km of 22kv overhead powerlines to be constructed disregard “best practice” and recommendations of inquires such as the Victorian bushfire Royal Commission. The report states that the powerlines should be installed underground in areas adjacent to Uriarra Village.

“Further recommendations in the report highlight the need for a review and update of the existing bushfire management plans for the Village and the need to consider a fire brigade to be established in the Village to minimise the bushfire risk.

“This report again highlights the risks the ACT Labor government is willing to take in its ideological pursuit of renewable energy,” Mr Wall concluded.