Fairfax media is reporting that they have information that the Parliamentary Inquiry into the 2013 Wambelong fire will blame the National Parks and Wildlife Service for delays and communication problems that caused the blaze to escalate. They also say the report is to be released on Friday.
Several recommendations are to be made that to improve systems and communication between the NPWS and the RFS and ensure that there’s clear lines of command.
There are also to be recommendations on streamlining compensation payments by the NPWS to land and householders affected by fires.
The Upper House inquiry was announced in 2013, with hearings and public submissions presented over August to October 2014. It had been feared that the results of the inquiry would not be released until after the coronial inquiry (no date for the results of that inquiry have been released yet), and some even speculated there would be a delay until after the NSW state election.