Responsibility lies with you
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.