Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Back-Burning May Save Lives but Back-Biting Won't

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Back-Burning May Save Lives but Back-Biting Won't

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IN REPLY to P Roberts and Garry Owers (NS 27/02). When I lived in the Hunter Valley, I was a member of 'the Greens' (along with about 25 other people in an area with a population of about 400), and not one of the Greens was a member of the Rural Fires Service (RFS). At one Greens meeting I said we should all join the RFS and I was laughed at.

So as to what a 'greenie' looks like, I used to be one of them and I look 'normal'. After joining up with the RFS and talking with other volunteers I soon learned about their walk of life: most were farmers or farm hands and others lived in the country, but worked in town. Not once did any of them say they were 'greenies'.

I'd now like to ask Garry why you never hear of bad bushfires in WA? You claim 'frequent burns kill off low fire danger vegetation, replacing it with high fire danger eucalyptus', and 'eucalyptus fuel loads can reach dangerous levels after one year and hazard reduction burns cannot reliably protect these communities'. …

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