Blackened landscape at Peregian after a bushfire. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Blackened landscape at Peregian after a bushfire. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Better fire preparation needed to stop disasters

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

IT IS with great disappointment to hear and see the massive destruction that has happened on the Sunshine Coast in the past week.

It would appear the fires were deliberately lit as there were no storms about and the temperature was not very high.

If this is the situation, I believe that the State Government and local councils are equally responsible and had they been more proactive, the damage would have been much less. Firstly, the government for their terrible land management act, forbidding people to construct firebreaks.

And the councils for lack of leadership skills in managing national parks as there are more people living in estates adjacent to national parks.

It may be great to have as many national parks as Noosa has, but they have to be managed and cared for to ensure longevity.

To see the destruction of the park that has taken place is very saddening when we think with some careful management it should not have happened even if there were arsonists working in the area. National parks and all other parks need to have their fuel load monitored during the winter months and if we have had good summer rains then we have to do spot burning throughout the park to reduce fuel and lower the threat of destructive fires in future.

The benefits of spot burning or cold burning is the trees and bushes survive, the animals are not threatened and more importantly residents are not stressed.

Parks and forests need a fire through them to clean up the forest floor and to allow new species to regenerate but not raging fires as we have seen to destroy everything in its path.

If the councils and government continue with their form of management you can be assured that there will be bigger fires in the future. With careful management no property or life should be lost.

We need a moratorium of all members of parliament and councils to devise a comprehensive proactive prevention management plan for all of Queensland.

DARRYL DENT, Noosa



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