The VFFA strongly opposes the view that was published in the Sunday Telegraph by Mr Greg Mullins (former Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW) that climate change is a major fear when it comes to fighting wildfire.

The fuel loads are far more confronting than a hot day. If you add a hot day and wind to a fire with massive fuel loads then you’re in for a terrible time.

The simple fact is that without fuel, there would be no fire at all. When you have large fuel loads then there is a potential for larger fires.

Less fuel equals less fire potential and intensity.

Land management is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by government and it is not limited to bushfire hazard reduction.

In this video, the VFFA President and Shooters Fishers and Farmers candidate for Monaro, Mick Holton talks to Barry Aitchison about land management.

Mick says that the NSW Government has failed to provide appropriate land management. The costs of this failure are hard to calculate, they include huge expenditure on firefighting, increased insurance premiums and reactive rather than proactive expenditure to correct land management disasters such as weeds, feral animals, water yield problems.

It would be far better to spend the savings on hospitals, schools and further improvements to our National Parks.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Related Posts

  • Greg Mullins’ dad told him about 1939 when “the sky seemed to be on fire every night”. John Mulligan lived through the Black Friday fires that burnt two million hectares of Victoria and killed 71 people. There were hundreds of…

  • It was disappointing to read the article by Greg Mullins that was published in the Sunday Telegraph on Sunday 20th Jan 2019. Mr Mullins is a well respected and long serving Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW. That respect was…

  • You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that hot fires must be avoided. We have to return to cool burning and other land management practices (including selected agricultural clearing and grazing) if we are going to…

  • Media coverage of the California fires in Australia is sure to unnerve many in our community and prompts the question, why are the fire management agencies not explaining the differences in fire behaviour due to the vegetation involved? Or does…

  • As is normal these days, the blame game is already being waged in the wake of the most recent 2018 Californian bushfires. On the one hand are the doomsdayers who claim the fires are a result of climate change. At…

  • By Vic Jurskis (Feature Photo and Video Link: You Tube - Helmreich Joinery) In autumn 1968, CSIRO and New South Wales Bushfire Council carried out only the second aerial hazard reduction burn in NSW, in Vacant Crown Land that is now…

  • Are modern firefighting agencies inciting fear as a method of risk management rather than applying appropriate risk control measures?  Fear is a powerful tool, it sells newspapers, keeps the television ratings alive, gives our radio stations some great material to…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.