Residents angered with lack of fire preparedness

Residents angered with lack of fire preparedness

24 January 2008

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Tasmania, Australia — North-east Tasmania residents have expressed their anger about Bellingham’s lack of preparedness for last week’s bushfire.

Residents posed questions to the Mayor at yesterday’s George Town Council meeting.

One asked how they were supposed to prevent fires when they were not allowed to clear shrubs and grass from around their properties.

Weymouth resident Maureen Berry says it is ridiculous.

“The council have done absolutely nothing to reduce the fire hazard down here,” she said.

“The Parks and Wildlife haven’t done any of their reserve cutting this year, the fire trail that goes through the dunes that has also not been cut.

“Basically we’ve learnt nothing from the Scamander fires and I think that is a total disgrace.”

The George Town Mayor Doug Burt says Parks and Wildlife are in the area to do fire prevention work, but he’s not sure when they’ll get to Weymouth and Bellingham.

“But you’re right it’s needing it now rather than at the end of January which is only a week away, but it should’ve probably been done,” he said.

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