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…

MP banned from fire station visits

Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis has taken the unusual step of banning shadow emergency services minister Margaret Quirk from visiting fire stations because of complaints she was “rude and disrespectful” on a recent visit. Ms Quirk dismissed the ban as a “political stunt” after Mr Francis wrote to her after her visit to East Perth…

RFBAQ: ANZAC Call for Volunteers

Here’s an interesting article that appeared on the website of our Queensland colleagues today.   It’s on again! ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (ADCC) are seeking Rural Fire Brigade and SES volunteers to support alongside Defence Force Personnel for their annual ANZAC Day ‘storming’ of the Brisbane CBD, as many soldiers were out on duty and…