- Deputy Premier announces full board to undertake the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry and outlines Terms of Reference
- Victorian Coalition Government is focused on ensuring community safety for all Victorians
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan today announced the full board to undertake the Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiry and outlined the inquiry’s Terms of Reference.
The Hon Bernard Teague AO, who headed the Black Saturday bushfires Royal Commission, will head the inquiry. He will be joined by Professor John Catford and Ms Sonia Petering.
“Justice Teague will be ably supported by Professor Catford and Ms Petering, who bring appropriate expertise in health and emergency services to the inquiry,” Mr Ryan said.
“Professor Catford is a senior health professional and is Executive Director of Medical Services at Epworth HealthCare.
“Ms Petering is an experienced corporate lawyer. She is Chair of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria and a Director of the Transport Accident Commission.”
The inquiry will be given broad terms of reference to examine the circumstances of the Hazelwood mine fire; the emergency response to the fire; and the response and support provided to Morwell and other affected communities.
“The inquiry’s Secretariat will be based in Morwell and the Board will be given all necessary resources to fully support its inquiry,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Inquiry will have broad powers of investigation, similar to a Royal Commission. This includes power to conduct examinations, summon documents and examine witnesses under oath.”
Premier Denis Napthine announced the Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine Fire on Tuesday 11 March, and said the inquiry would give Victorians confidence that the government is focused on ensuring community safety.
“The inquiry will allow us to review the mine operations and emergency response to the Hazelwood fire,” Dr Napthine said.
The Board will be asked to submit its final report and any recommendations to the Victorian Government by the end of August 2014.
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