Cr Belinda Clarkson's speech at the final Ordinary Council Meeting on the 23rd October 2012

I would like to thank my constituents for your support over the last four years. I have enjoyed working with you despite the apparently false allegations made against me by the Victorian government. I would also like to thank the Nillumbik Ratepayers Association, for commissioning the two, independent, CFA endorsed, Bushfire Assessments in 2003. Those two Assessments, “Bushfire Threat to Nillumbik Shire” by David Packham, and “Fire Hazard and Vegetation Controls in the Shire of Nillumbik” by Rod Incoll, warned the Victorian government that a Black Saturday bushfire was coming. I believe most of the lives lost on Black Saturday, would have been prevented, if the Victorian government had acted on the expert advice of the CFA endorsed Packham and Incoll Assessments. My heart goes out to the families affected by Black Saturday, and I wish those of you who are still struggling with the consequences, all the best. Almost ten years after the CFA endorsed Packham and Incoll Assessments were personally delivered to a Victorian government formal Hearing, they are even more relevant now, because bushfire fuel loads have increased since Black Saturday. I will continue to put the case that the Victorian government accepts responsibility for our unacceptable extreme bushfire risk.
I would like to thank Officers Angela Lampard from the Community Inclusion Committee, Jonathan Risby from Roadsafe Metro North Eastern and Gail Thomas for their contributions. Finally, I would like to thank my family, Peter, Christie, Kellie, Scott, Bradley and my parents David and Christina, for their support over the last four years.”
Cr Belinda Clarkson.