The images in this paper show part of the inferno and part of the aftermath of the fearful January 1994 wildfires in New South Wales. Commentators blamed the tragedy partly on the lack of precautionary planned fires — of which many are lighted every year in Western Australia. What are planned burns? What do they do to the environment? What would happen without them? by Rick Sneeuwjagt at that time manager of CALM’s Fire Protection Branch.
“Commentators blamed the tragedy partly on the lack of precautionary planned fires …”
And what have we learned over time, nothing changes. Regardless of two Royal Commissions: Judge Stretton dealing with the 1939 fires, and the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, plus numerous other inquiries, government land managers continue to fail us and the flora and fauna of our forests.
Proper land management must not continue to be sacrificed on the altar of vote gathering expediency.
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