We need to pro­tect re­gion’s fire crews

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS | OPINION - CAR­LIE WALKER RE­PORTER

WITH news to­day that fire per­mits across the Wide Bay-Bur­nett have been can­celled, this is a fresh re­minder that a long and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous bush­fire sea­son is upon us.

That means we should not be light­ing any fires and for those who smoke, take care when dis­pos­ing of your cig­a­rettes – it will be all too easy to in­ad­ver­tently cause a blaze dur­ing these warm spring and sum­mer months.

Our ru­ral and sub­ur­ban fire crews are our friends and fam­ily.

They put their lives at risk for us ev­ery time they have to bat­tle a blaze.

We owe it to them not to put them in the way of dan­ger through our ac­tions.

We owe it to the prop­erty own­ers around us not to cause any threat to their lives or homes.

We can do this by en­sur­ing that we don’t light fires, not even a small fire you think will be easy to con­trol.

We need to be very care­ful this bush­fire sea­son be­cause we’ve al­ready seen how quickly fires can get out of con­trol.

Postal sur­vey ar­rives

LAST week my postal sur­vey ar­rived.

It was a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment to tick the yes box – sweet be­cause it feels good to sup­port the rights of the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity, but bit­ter be­cause I shouldn’t have to.

No one should be able to dic­tate whether two lov­ing adults should be able to ex­change vows.

Hu­man rights should not come down to a show of hands.

Our gov­ern­ment should have done the right thing and saved us mil­lions in the process.

It’s sad to see how di­vided our so­ci­ety is over this is­sue.

At the end of the day, this is about let­ting peo­ple who love each other get mar­ried.

I just can’t see what’s wrong with that.

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