END OF AN ERA

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

This is the last printed edi­tion of the Gazette to be de­liv­ered to your home or avail­able at our net­work of pick- up points. But we re­main com­mit­ted to bring­ing you the best lo­cal news that is rel­e­vant to you and will con­tinue to do so at www. com­mu­ni­tynews. com. au/ avon- val­ley- gazette, on our Face­book page and in our other pub­li­ca­tions. To­day, we cel­e­brate the past and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our great re­la­tion­ship.

BUSH­FIRES have been a loom­ing threat to the Hills and per­haps none more dev­as­tat­ing than the 2014 Park­erville fires that razed 57 homes.

A ter­mite- rid­den power pole out­side a Park­erville home fell over in Jan­uary 2014 and sparked a blaze that de­stroyed 392ha of bush­land.

While the power pole was pri­vately owned, En­er­gySafety found ter­mite de­posits near the top of the pole would have been vis­i­ble to a Western Power con- trac­tor con­nect­ing a ca­ble to it in July 2013. How­ever, Western Power has laid the blame on Noreen Campbell ( 86), whose rot­ten power pole col­lapsed.

A class ac­tion trial is cur­rently un­der­way in the Supreme Court.

In 2005 a bush­fire burnt 27,000ha, de­stroyed the Ber­ak­ing pine plan­ta­tion, threat­ened water qual­ity in Mun­dar­ing Weir and Can­ning Dam and blan­keted the city in smoke for days.

Smoke haze has been a bone of con­tention amongst Hills res­i­dents in re­cent years, with more to come fol­low­ing a warn­ing from the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions that it will rou­tinely hold pre­scribed burn­ing ahead of sum­mer bush­fire sea­son.

The Hills Gazette has told count­less sto­ries over the decades, from the in­creas­ing role of women in bush­fire brigades to res­i­dents flee­ing the flames. And rest as­sured we will be there to tell them in the fu­ture.

Spot the fire sto­ries: the ever- present dan­ger has been a main­stay of lo­cal re­port­ing.

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