I ENDORSE the remarks of Rob Craigie (letters, Whitsunday Times, June 27) re burning off the islands.
As boating visitors, we were caught in the smoke haze of the June 20 fires then again in the burn-off at the northern end of Hook Island on June 26.
On the latter occasion, thick smoke and ash descended on our boat causing a hasty evacuation of Stonehaven Bay, along with several other boats.
The smoke not only engulfed the northern end of the island but crept its way southward to again swamp Whitehaven Beach.
To time these burn-offs in the Whitsundays during the first week of school holidays (when there was a noticeable increase in boating families) is appalling.
To do them at all defies logic. These are relatively small islands. If, during a lightning strike in the wet season, a fire should break out on one of the islands, chances are pretty high that a monsoonal downpour will put them out.
I would think that the uninhabited island’s native wildlife would fare better in this scenario than the one inflicted by the bureaucratic rationale that applies mainland firecontrol methodologies to islands.
On marine parks own website there is mention of the negative effects of smoke and ash on seagrasses, the feeding grounds for turtles and dugongs.
Well, congratulations for contaminating these and the air that we all breathe.
Environmental protectors? More like environmental vandals. Janet Webb Townsville