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Bushfire Technology Fails Again

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Victoria

Shadow Assistant Minister for Agriculture

22 January 2020

Bushfire Technology Fails Again

Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan MP has called on Daniel Andrew’s Government to instigate an immediate review of the ongoing problems with REFCLs (Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiters) technology following ABC’s 7.30 Report damning expose on the huge expense and lack of functionality of this billion dollar taxpayer investment which is only leading to less safety and imposing extra burdens on our rural communities and businesses.

Many communities throughout Polwarth and Western Victoria, when the power goes out, no longer have access to internet or telephone since the NBN rollout and this makes the reporting of fires impossible and does not allow them access to the Vic Emergency alerts system thereby endangering people’s lives.

The Victorian Government is well aware of much more efficient and effective technology that could be used to keep communities safe and power infrastructure functioning but have continued to back the failed REFCL technology.


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