‘Laws being made by people ignorant of fire risk’
PROPERTY owners are outraged at the state of national parks according to Councillor Martin Bella.
The intense bushfires that ripped through the Mackay region last week have raised serious concerns about the necessity to carry out ‘cool burns’ to establish preventative firebreaks. Cr Bella said as a property owner himself, he feels residents are being barred from protecting their own land.
“It’s difficult to obtain a fire permit and controlled burning is a necessity to prevent fuel loads,” he said.
Cr Bella said the government has not been adequately maintaining national parks, causing a major problem for firefighters. “I’ve always said the worst neighbour you can have is the government,” he said.
“The lantana up at Eungella goes up in seconds and all of the national parks and government land is overgrown.
“We were fighting fires last week and couldn’t even get the dozer through to make a firebreak because the growth was so thick and out of control.”
Laws regarding the width of firebreaks need to be reassessed, Cr Bella said.
“The laws governing the logistics of firebreaks on our properties are created in Brisbane offices,” he said.
“They are created by people who have never see first-hand the destruction a bushfire can cause. They don’t see why firebreaks are so important.”
In order to obtain a fire permit visit the Queensland Government Rural Fire Service website.