Burn-off requirements must ease
IN THE past several days we have seen devastating fires throughout the eastern states and Tasmania.
Homes and businesses have been lost. Fortunately, no lives were lost.
Admittedly, there have been unusually hot and windy weather conditions that have aided the fires in their sweep across the land however allegations are starting to emerge that proper controlled burn-offs had not been done last spring. Why is this so?
Anyone who lives in country areas would knowit’s not easy to do controlled burn-offs.
There are a number of conditions that need to be met before permits are issued.
Consequently, it is all getting too hard for land owners to do their once-a-year burnoffs to reduce the fire hazard when the warmer weather arrives.
Perhaps the Greens have something to do with the increased regulations, as they don’t want burn-offs done.
No government is game to outlaw burnoffs entirely, they just make it too difficult, through regulation, for burn-offs to be done.
Unless controls are relaxed concerning controlled burn-offs, we will see more devastating fires. Jay Nauss Glen Aplin
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