Your editorial, “Bushfire crisis: a state of denial” (News Weekly, January 20, 2007), was hard-hitting and accurate, but also depressing, especially to those of us who live close to state and national parks.
I notice in the second last paragraph of the article that W.A. was the only state to conduct fuel-reduction burns “until recent years”.
Since the time of your editorial, we have witnessed the WA country town of Dwelllingup “going up” again! I remember the horror with which we listened to the radio as the town burnt in the ’60s. Did we learn that lesson?
This time the television showed us graphically what happens without fuel-reduction burns. Will we learn this time?
Our population base in WA is Perth and its surrounds; the voting base — Perth and its surrounds. And with this base comes the ability of pressure groups to manage governments and stymie fuel-reduction burns because of the smoke haze which can cover the city.
These burns, however, need only take place when the wind and conditions will not blow smoke over the city.
The rest of us meanwhile are at peril, with too few numbers. Who cares?