END OF AN ERA
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.