Quantuity of Vic Fuel Reduction Burning - and Ministers' addresses

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Subject: Quantuity of Vic Fuel Reduction Burning - and Ministers' addresses
From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 14:26:51 +1000
Out of interest, the DSE web page indicates approximately 5,500 square kilometres of intended fuel reduction burning in Victoria between 2004 and 2007. This is approximately 2.5% of the surface area of Victoria. If we assume that most fuel reduction burning is happening in National Parks and reserves that comprise about 16% of Victoria's area (36,000 square kilometres), this means that about 15.5% of parks and reserves are likely to be burned during this period.
Before the legendary John Seebeck passed away, he wrote in Mammals of Victoria of Long-nosed Potoroo, saying:
"Most regional populations are relatively secure, since the species occurs in conservation reserves"
I wonder how many other species are secure only because they are mostly found in conservation reserves and national parks? Clearly it is time that Victoria made a choice, either to abandon the State's biodiversity that it might, just by chance, withstand continuing fire reduction measures, or to try to guarantee this for the benefit of this and future generations of Victorians.
The address of the Federal and State environment Ministers are:
Hon. John Thwaites MP
Minister for Environment
Lvl 3, 1 Treasury Place
East Melbourne 3000
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600
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