Feds present opportunity for the Gunner Government to start meaningful action in bushfire prevention and fighting. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS: The Staircase to Heaven near Standley Chasm, before and after the January 2019 blaze in the West MacDonnell National Park.
Increasing climate change disaster is becoming ever more obvious: Do our political leaders have the required social nous to act sensibly? Aye, that’s the rub; and our disquiet, writes Dennis Nicholls of Scullin, ACT.
“Prescribed burning plays an important role and is used to keep ecosystems healthy, aid traditional hunting and protect the country from damaging hot wildfire," says the new West MacDonnell management plan. But it doesn't say how. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"An inch of rain and we'll be right again," said a man in Ormiston Gorge on Sunday where people had been evacuated and assets saved at the last moment from the firestorm last month. But Dr Fiona Walsh, who's lived and worked in The Centre as a desert ecologist for 25 years, has a more concerned take on the disaster. Meanwhile the government is continuing to withhold information about the fire management plan for the park, and the funding for work that could have contained the blaze. PHOTOS: The Staircase to Heaven, before and after the blaze. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Fire mapping in 2018 indicates only one or two areas of prescribed burning during the cool months last year, insufficient to prevent the catastrophic bushfire which has swept through most of the West MacDonnell National Park last month, says the CDU's Andrew Edwards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Fire in Ormiston Gorge.