Concerns over DEPI fuel reduction practices at Black Hill in Selby

Black Hill in Selby has been earmarked for a fuel reduction burn in 2015. In preparation DEPI (Department of Environment and Primary Industry) has recently undertaken works that are of serious concern. How do practices that have such a negative impact on bio-diversity save us from bushfires?

There are many questions that meed to be answered:

The site has been effectively clear felled including a number of variously sized Habitat trees leaving a pile of branches, trunks and litter on the ground and will have significant implications re rehabilitation of the site.

Were local residents fully consulted prior to the commencement of works?
 
What code of practice was applied to this site in undertaking the works "Forest code for clear fell operations"?
 
What is the rationale behind this treatment given the resultant disturbance post fire will open up the site to massive weed recruitment from [untreated] properties immediately adjacent to the site? Key threat weeds being Ivy and Sycamore Maple.
 
Have the residents been approached re removal of weeds on their properties?
How does DEPI propose to minimize weed re infection back into the treated area.
 
Was the  potential for adverse impact to the stands of mature remnant  Rough tree ferns due  to substantial increased exposure to wind and sun, considered prior to clear felling of adjacent vegetation? Are these Tree fern stands within the proposed burn zone?
 
Residents have described these works as "Vandalism" and have raised concerns that the site is within a landslip risk area and legitimately concerned about the impact of loss of tree cover and potential for soil erosion post fire given their properties are located immediately downslope of the main site. Has provision for these risks been taken into account  in the planning and budget?
 
What is the budget for post weed management? Over what time frame [years] has been allowed for to rehabilitate the site?
 
What additional costs have been allowed for increased difficulty in accessing the site for post weed management due to the large number of logs that are likely to remain post fire to impede access?
 
What is the estimated fuel load that has been generated post felling works?
 
What  risk assessment has been undertaken regarding the impact  of the proposed fire on the small number of remaining Mt Grey Gums which are sensitive to hot fires and likely to be killed?
 
These works are in addition to Herbicide spraying along the edge of Eveline rd last year resulting large scale loss of native Poa and Mother shield ferns which has now been replaced with grassy weeds notably Panic Veldt -grass
 
Why has no followup weed management been done to these areas and when will it be done?
 
 
Lastly, where is the science, and where is the evidence, that these practices actually protect the community from bushfires in the area?