Bracks should listen to country people on firesA letter from Beechworth
HERE we go again, another summer another terrifying round of bushfires.
What will it take for governments to realise that ordinary country folk know what they are talking about when they say, if you insist on having all public land tied up in irrational parks this is what will happen.
Will someone tell Premier Steve Bracks that if you don’t have enough resources to keep hazards down in and around inhabited areas, stop creating more national parks.
We must insist that larger zones around private land abutting the “neighbours from hell” be of sufficient size (100m) to get bulldozers in to at least allow private owners to have a chance to save fences and assets.
The other advice would be to stop shutting up fire tracks; I have been told by firefighters that this is a great hindrance when trying to access fires.
The resources used to close fire tracks and put in huge humps and logs should be used for hazard reduction.
How much of our private land must be destroyed before the powers that be wake up that we can help save more assets by larger divisions between private and public land?
Perhaps if the surrounds of the Thompson Dam were to burn and the resultant silt were to invade the Melbourne water people would wake up and realise what country people go through after such huge fires and be a bit more wary of what and who they vote for.
UPDATE- Mark Webster, also from Beechworth, writes about the changes that have occured over time with regards to fighting the fires.