Subject: Bushfires
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 14:58:14 +1000
Yes, it is a shame there are so many fire bugs about.  There certainly
seem to be shades of 94 in these fires [I was in Sydney at that time and
it was very frustrating not being able to go bushwalking / canyoning for
three consecutive weeks].  Our sympathies go out to those who have
suffered losses from these fires.

As someone who has lived in houses backing onto the bush [albeit on the
down hill side], my question is what has changed in the two hundred or
so years or so that European style houses have been built amongst the
eucalypts?  Certainly our fire fighting has improved, but has there been
an associated planning improvement in terms of where people are building
their houses?

The real question is are sufficient buffers placed between bushland
areas [particularly national parks] and residential areas in fire prone
regions?  To what extent should the management of National Parks, which
are meant to protect ecologically diversity be modified to protect
adjacent property?

Ultimately, it is a great shame to see ecologically rich places like the
Royal National Park burnt out so frequently.

Regards, Laurie.
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