Fires and Burning

So where's the Yalmy report Minister?

Thursday, January 1, 2004

After the illegal logging of the Snowy National Park last summer, the public was promised a full investigation and outcome. But the joke now goes:

How many DSE officers does it take to do an investigation? Five. One to notice logs were stolen from 300 ha of National park, one to go "damn, we shouldn't have employed a logging mill boss to do a backburn line", one to repeat into the telephone "we'll be finished soon", one to refuse the FoI and one to rock back in their chair singing "I'm a little teapot".


Morons with matches

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Once again summer has arrived, and once again assorted gurus pop out of the...errr... woodwork to warn us about the danger of bushfires, and all the things we can do to protect ourselves and reduce fire hazards: make sure the pump works, clean out the gutters, shift the firewood off the front porch, give the kids a short haircut, and so on.

Fire fallout

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Industry demands public money to salvage logs.

Another logic-lacking media release put out by the logging industry in July called for more and faster access to log all the burnt forest. They claimed they needed government assistance to cart the logs long distances to their mills and maybe even money to help with storage (they have to keep them damp to prevent cracking) until they had orders to sell the logs.

In the next sentence they said that for each day they weren't cutting forests they were losing half a million dollars.

Federal enquiry into the 2003 fires

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

"With all due respect, I do not think this was the biggest bushfire in 100 years I think it's the biggest back-burn in living memory"
Quote from Charles Slade, Channel Nine reporter in the Federal enquiry into the 2003 fires.

Read more here

Fire Furphies

Thursday, April 24, 2003


Contrary to the constant blathering of "greenies don't fight fires", myself and many other conservationists were also out there getting soot stained and coming home exhausted from the front line. In fact at the Tubbut fire, of the 12 crew in three trucks one night, at least five of us were "greenies". We just don't wear signs on our overalls saying " I AM A GREENIE ".


RFA goes up in smoke

Thursday, April 24, 2003

The Regional Forest Agreement promised the MAXIMUM amount of logs that could be taken from public forest, while providing the MINIMUM area to meet conservation criteria. No allowance was made for fire. There was no margin of error for events outside the control of governments. If fires destroy even part of the reserve system or "available" forest, the whole RFA breaks down.