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Throw another Greenie on the Barbie…

Ah those loveable Greenies have blood upon the hands once again as the stories of how they made hazard reduction burns for all intents and purposes impossible to  get at the time when they could have been carried out safely:

Mr Arnold applied in August 2011 for a permit to spring burn some of the build-up of weeds and scrub undergrowth beneath blue gums covering Steele’s Hill that runs the length of his now-blackened 1000ha property.

He said it would have been a nice and steady little fire after winter that slowly crept through the bush, destroying the high fuel load.

He was knocked back because Steele’s Hill and its blue gums contained a wedgetail eagle’s nest and was classed as foraging habitat for the endangered swift parrot.

“I took that to mean that the bird might call in for lunch occasionally,” a frustrated Mr Arnold said yesterday.

“But I look at the devastation there today and ask where the Greens are? But they are more concerned about the pattern on their cappuccino in Salamanca than what has happened here on our farms this week.”

Mr Arnold said he could not say for sure that if he had been allowed to burn off Steele’s Hill in the springs of 2011 and 2012, that the bushfire could have been stopped on his farm before it roared down into the small Connelly’s Marsh beach community destroying more than 15 homes.

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Its a story that we have heard before in relation to the terrible fires in Victoria a couple of years ago and I expect the very same lily livered  counter arguments  this time as we that were so unconvincingly mouthed then . We live in a nation that is covered with very flammable eucalyptus trees and we very clearly have a price to pay if we don’t have a fire  management regime that acknowledges that the only way to keep our homes  and our lives safe in the burning time is to reduce the fuel loads when it is safe to do so.

Maybe the only way we can do this is to throw another Greenie on the barbecue so that they will know what the people on the fire-fronts  have experienced…. Hmm  what is the best barbecue  sauce for long pig again?

Cheers Comrades

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