Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN the ar­ti­cle in the Oc­to­ber 20 edi­tion head­lined “Bush burn suc­cess­ful”, Pe­ter Dans, Parks and Wildlife di­rec­tor of re­gional and fire man­age­ment ser­vices, con­grat­u­lated him­self and his depart­ment for the suc­cess­ful pre­scribed burn­ing of more than 75,000 hectares of bush in the south-west for­est re­gion.

In the ar­ti­cle, Mr Dans states that a $20 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion from the Gov­ern­ment over four years has pro­vided the flex­i­bil­ity to do pre­scribed burns on “suit­able days”.

While his depart­ment’s in­ten­tions are good, I would sim­ply ask Mr Dans to im­prove his depart­ment’s pro­to­cols so that the two mil­lion res­i­dents of Perth are not forced to en­dure for sev­eral days at a time the ill-health ef­fects caused by the nox­ious pall of smoke and pol­lu­tion lin­ger­ing over the city as a di­rect re­sult of his depart­ment’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mr Dans, if you can achieve that out­come, then by all means give your­self a pat on the back. T. HAR­NEY, Lathlain.

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