Re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with you

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Mario Valenza, Mar­garet River

I read with in­ter­est, which turned to as­ton­ish­ment, your ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion (22/9).

While I do not dis­agree with Cr Peter Lane's com­ments, what blew me out of the wa­ter were the com­ments from the deputy Shire pres­i­dent, in that she was not asked to evac­u­ate her home de­spite be­ing 300m from where one of the fires started.

It seems to me that in this case, com­mon sense went out of the win­dow.

How near would the fire have to get be­fore the deputy pres­i­dent would have made the the de­ci­sion her­self ?

I for one would have been long gone by the 300m mark.

Or is it a case of ab­di­cat­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to oth­ers and tak­ing no re­spon­si­bil­ity for one­self ?

I hope this is not done in the coun­cil cham­ber.

We have seen and heard of the hor­rors of bush­fires and yet on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, we keep see­ing ex­am­ples of peo­ple fail­ing to make de­ci­sions or take re­spon­si­bil­ity for them­selves be­fore a bush­fire has started or dur­ing.

While a bush­fire is rag­ing, be­ing af­fected by wind and ge­og­ra­phy, whether there is lo­cal ex­per­tise or not, if peo­ple are not pre­pared to use com­mon sense, we can­not and should not put that re­spon­si­bil­ity onto the au­thor­i­ties.

We must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our­selves.

Lo­cal govern­ment, bush­fire brigades and the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices all have in­for­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for a bush­fire, and what you should and should not do dur­ing a bush­fire.

They are more than glad to pass it on to you. Let’s all try to use our com­mon sense.

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