Bushfire scientist David Packham warns of huge blaze threat, urges increase in fuel reduction burns

Forest fuel levels have worsened over the past 30 years because of “misguided green ideology”, vested interests, political failure and mismanagement, creating a massive bushfire threat, a former CSIRO bushfire scientist has warned. Victoria’s “failed fire management policy” is an increasing threat to human life, water supplies, property and the forest environment, David Packham said…

Minister Terry Redman defends validity of using Royalties for Regions’ money for prescribed burning

Western Australia’s Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman, says using Royalties for Regions’ funding to help the prescribed burning program is a legitimate use of the scheme. Last week, Mr Redman pledged to get Royalties for Regions’ funding allocated to prescribed burning in the wake of the Northcliffe bushfires. Speaking on ABC Local Radio, the…

Capricorn Festival moves

COMMUNITY groups will be fundraising and promoting their volunteer services at a fair in Two Rocks this Saturday. The annual Capricorn Festival will shift north to Charnwood Reserve on March 21 after organisers decided it had outgrown its usual venue at Old Nursery Park in Yanchep. Acumen principal Jarrod Rendell said having the festival in…

Quirk offended by WA fire station minder

LABOR leader Mark McGowan says a ban preventing his emergency services spokeswoman from visiting fire stations is another personal attack on the feisty MP. But Mr McGowan concedes he hasn’t read the complaint made by a firefighter against Margaret Quirk after she visited a fire station, which prompted emergency services minister Joe Francis to enforce…