An ANU study suggests that early detection and suppression of bushfires could save $8 billion over the next 30 years.
A 71% decline in koala numbers in northern NSW is devastating news. On the brighter side though is the survival of the glow worms in the Wollomi NP.
These are a couple of the many stories from this weeks News Roundup.
Some interesting research from CRC including the current bushfire seasonal outlook and a paper on how to retain your volunteers. Essential reading for every brigade!
The Royal Commissions Interim Observations provide a guide to those areas that the Commission is working on. Read all our comnments in the fully story here.
A Black Summer fire photo wins the Australian Geographic Award, an all girl crew in Macksville is a first for that Brigade, there’s lots of HR burns going on around the place, and our Commissioner is good for a loan after his 11% pay rise.
THe Gloucester Advocate interviews VFFA Secretary Greg Godde about his experiences during the Black Summer fires.
Greg says there are 65 kilometre between fire stations at Tibbuc and Nowendoc with nothing but dense bushland in between. For volunteers in the Bretti area, they need to travel away from the fire ground to the shed, then back again.
“It can take 30 to 40 minutes to get from the shed to the fire,” Greg said. “We are pushing to get one built at Giro.”
Gavan Wills wrote a very good submission to the NSW Enquiry which we have posted in full below.
Our reading of the Enquiry recmmendations indicate that his concerns have not been addressed.
The focus this week is the Bushfire Enquiry and the fact that all the recommendations have been accepted. A brilliant job by Mary O’Kane and Dave Owen.
We can all remember what happened to Canberra a few years ago and Black Summer devastated a number of urban environments.
John O’Donnell is well qualified to write about the subject and the VFFA is keen to see our communities become more involved in protecting their environments.
VFFA President Mick Holton and VFFA Senior Vice President Brian Williams held a most productive video conference with Commissioner Rob Rogers this afternoon.