Local jazz musicians Peter (pictured) and Nicola Gilham will play, together with three other musicians to raise funds for the Kangaroo Island Bushfire Appeal, supporting the work of the Bush Church Aid Society.
One minister, Eva Lawler, releases a three-year bushfire volunteer strategy while her front bench colleague, Lauren Moss, is still waiting for the evaluation of the 17-day January blaze which devastated half of the West MacDonnells. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Three small fixed-wing aircraft and one helicopter are standing by at Batchelor for use as water bombers during the fire season but there are none in Alice Springs. PHOTOS: The devastation at Ormiston Gorge after January's 17 day blaze in the West MacDonnells. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
With half of the West MacDonnell National Park burnt in the 17 days long January blaze, and a potentially catastrophic bushfire summer staring us in the face, the government is still not moving to bring large water bombers to The Centre, as national debate about them is gathering momentum. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Water bombers, the big ones carrying more than 15 tonnes of fire fighting fluid, were used in the Tasmanian bushfires but were not available to the fire fighters battling in the West Macs under horrendous conditions in January. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Dob them in, say pastoralists, and they also call for action on lack of fire management on non-pastoral leases: "There is no point us doing what we can but our neighbours aren’t," writes Ashley Manicaros, CEO of the NT Cattlemen’s Association.
Fire authorities will be training unpaid volunteers to become arson investigators after last year 41% of the NT was burned, an area twice the size of Tasmania. Firebugs were to blame for up 80% of the blazes. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Fire fighters demonstrating hazard abatement to media this afternoon.