That’s a very good point. We would normally have Fire Action Week or the beginning of the fire season in October, so it’s still a few weeks off. We know and understand this is a really significant issue.
At the same time, though, it’s 2020, so nothing is simple. We’ve got the bureau forecasting substantial rain eveins later in spring. It’s challenging.
We’ll get people to their second residences to do the important clean-up work as soon as we possibly can do that safely without undermining some of the points I made earlier about mass movement, you need to be careful, really careful, that we’re not having people travelling even for the best of purposes taking the virus with them.
It’s a tough balance but I’m confident we’ll strike the right one. There’s been other issues raised with me as well. Many people, for instance, the member for Bentley, today raised an issue with me that he had a number of people in his local community asking questions about what if there’s been damage to my second residence and I go to make an insurance claim and I haven’t been there for a couple of months. Will the insurance company process the claim? Perfectly legitimate question.
We’re going to talk to the Insurance Council today about a process for that.
And I’m confident the insurance industry will step up, just as they did with fast-tracking special consideration during the bushfires.
So we’ll get people in there as soon as we can. That is very important work. We all benefit from that work being done but it’s got to be safe and it’s got to be, as best we can, we’ve got to limit the likelihood that those people travelling into-in-to do that work are taking the coronavirus with them.
We wouldn’t want that to happen. In terms of a date, I can’t give you a definitive date but as soon as we question, we’ll come back.