Burn-off re­quire­ments must ease

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

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

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY: Mon­ica Hether­ing­ton of Dal­larnil cel­e­brated her ninth birth­day on Sun­day.

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