ALMOST four years after Black Saturday, half the recommendations of the royal commission have yet to be adopted.
As temperatures start to soar again, the Herald Sun reveals the State Government has fully implemented only 35 of the 67 policies to fire-proof rural areas that were recommended by the inquiry into the 2009 fires, which killed 173 people.
Despite the recommendations:
FEWER than 360 of 850 fire trucks have received safety upgrades. The upgrades cost up to $27,000 each.
LITTLE progress has been made on Neighbourhood Safer Places. Thirty sites have been knocked back as unsuitable.
A NEW system to enhance the response of Victoria's aerial firefighting system will not be finished until June 2014.
VICTORIA still has only one fire refuge. A further three planned by the Government will not be ready until next year.
Read more at the Herald Sun.