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Land and water management

Throughout 2019–20, Defence implemented a number of improvement initiatives in the areas of bushfire mitigation and improving sustainability performance. Implementation of the recommendations of independent reviews conducted in 2018–19 continued, resulting in greater consistency in application of policy and improved bushfire and land management.

Defence has developed memoranda of understanding with most state and territory bushfire management authorities to strengthen cooperative arrangements between the agencies and ensure better preparedness for bushfire events affecting Defence properties. Defence continues to update and develop bushfire management plans in accordance with policy requirements.

Defence continues to engage Australian Wildlife Conservancy to undertake land management at Yampi Sound Training Area in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s management activities include monitoring for threatened species, mosaic burning to promote biodiversity, and engaging Traditional Owners in land management activities.