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Energy and carbon emissions trends1 Living Murray Program. The works have been designed to reinstate the natural 18 000 140 000 flooding processes critical to river red gum forest health, through the installation 16 000 120 000 of engineering structures and channels to divert and control flows through the 14 000 Gigajoules (electricity) forest. This infrastructure will mimic a 100 000 12 000 natural flooding event. The works began in Gigajoules (Total energy) February 2011 and were ironically delayed 80 000 10 000 by flooding and other operational factors. It is anticipated they will be completed 8000 60 000 during 2012–13. / -e tonnes 40 000 Water management in 6000 2 CO plantations 4000 20 000 2000 The Murray Darling Basin Authority released a revised draft of the proposed basin plan 0 0 11–12 10–11 09–10 08–09 07–08 06–07 05–06 04–05 03–04 02–03 01–02 00–01 99–00 98–99 in May 2012. The plan attempts to account for water used by various land use change activities including plantation forests. Electricity (Gigajoules) CO2-e (tonnes) Total energy (Gigajoules) As the cost of water entitlements is significant, Forests NSW is concerned about the 1 Note that data for CO2-e emission and total energy include diesel from large trucks and plant that was not reported prior to 2009–10. Previously only non bulk purchase fuel data had been available for reporting. ramifications of possible future legislation around the use of water by plantations and NSW North East Region. This partnership Water management in economic sustainability of plantation forestry.the impact this may have on the long term obtained an Australian Government grant of $600 000 in biodiversity funding to native forests discussions and submissions on the draftForests NSW continues to participate in conduct riparian rehabilitation, recreation basin plan. management and weed control over the next The Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Flood six years in State forests in the catchment. Enhancement Works are part of the CASE STORY Statewide approach to fire training and safety Pre-season fire training days that focus on Training Modules – Fire Fighting Competency Forests NSW adopted a simple and cost firefighter and community safety and asset Units that are used Australia wide. effective firefighter helmet marking system protection are a yearly event to help prepare Forests NSW is one of four fire authorities in the used by other fire authorities in NSW, to Forests NSW for the coming fire season. It is State. At some locations, Forests NSW staff were clearly indicate an individual’s firefighting essential that Forests NSW staff are ready and joined by firefighters from the RFS and NPWS, as competency. Being able to easily recognise a able to deal with emergencies in State forests in well as State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers firefighter’s level of competence when working an effective, efficient and safe way. and NSW Ambulance Service officers to ensure on the fireground is important to ensure that This year was the first time that these important the agencies could work together proficiently. only appropriately qualified individuals are training days were run using the same program The fire training program was held in Coffs issued tasks suitable for them to undertake. across the entire State, helping to build a uniform Harbour, Grafton, Wauchope, Baradine, Maitland, This also allows staff on fire lines to know that approach to firefighting, important when staff Bathurst, Narrandera, Narooma, Bombala and the person allocating tasks has the authority are called on to assist in fire operations in other Tumut. A total of 12 training days were conducted, to do so. regional areas. with more than 500 staff involved in the program. Colour-coded, reflective, two letter stickers Innovative scenarios were incorporated into The sessions are part of a continual training were applied on the side of firefighters’ the training sessions that were designed to test program employees undertake throughout the helmets, indicating that they have completed the firefighters’ skills in command and control, year in preparation for the fire season. all course requirements for that level, including communications and team work. Pumping, Fire training records for all staff with fire fighting 20 hours of practical experience. search and rescue, public information, fire over qualifications were also reviewed during the Moving to uniform systems helps to improve run drills and dangerous tree treatment were year to ensure they were complete and accurate. the safety of fire crews when called upon to some of the subjects dealt with during the day. This is important to ensure that firefighting work on operations with other agencies such The scenarios all linked back to the Public Safety competencies are current. as RFS, NPWS or those from other States. 32 Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


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