ALCA Submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
The 2019-2020 bushfires of southern and eastern Australia were unprecedented in terms of the scale, intensity and fire behaviour. They had a devastating impact on life and property, local economies, health of communities in major cities and on threatened species and ecosystems.
Thousands of conservation landholders in southern and eastern Australia were impacted. These property owners protect and manage significant areas of important biodiversity and carbon values on their properties for the benefit of all Australians.
Private landholders are now more than ever critical to the protection and management of species and ecological communities, in burnt and unburnt habitats.