A picture of charity

CATHERINE Swan was painting a picture of the devastating 2011 Roleystone fire while water bomber helicopters soared overhead to the Bullsbrook-Pinjar fire in January. The Wanneroo artist said she knew she could not sell the painting for herself but had to use it to raise money. “We could hear the helicopters going over and the…

Tired fireys thanked

AS our local volunteer firefighters take a breather from an exhausting fire season, there is no better time to stop and thank them. The second annual ‘Thank You Fireys’ Red Balloon Day on February 28 is a chance to honour and thank firefighters across the country. Deputy chief bushfire control officer Greg Pobar said about…

Beyond the call for cockies

The Bedfordale Volunteer Bushfire Brigade saved a 200 year old jarrah tree from being destroyed by fire caused by lightning strikes in late January. Due to the height and location of the tree in Bungendore park the easy option would have been to cut down the tree to extinguish the fire. But the volunteers, assisted…

‘Wait and see’ on bushfire alarms

Almost one-third of people in the path of last year’s devastating Parkerville bushfire adopted a potentially deadly “wait and see” approach to evacuation, despite being largely unprepared to defend their homes, a survey shows. Research to be released today found a significant number of residents went against their pre-existing bushfire plan to evacuate, opting instead…