Bushfire survivors want Christine Nixon to donate from book proceeds

Bushfire survivors want Christine Nixon to donate from book proceeds

26 April 2010

published by www.heraldsun.com.au

Australia —    Bushfire survivors have called for Christine Nixon to donate some money from her memoirs’ sales to charities that helped Black Saturday victims.

Ms Nixon has put her tell-all-tale, tentatively titled Fair Cop, on hold while she chairs the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority.

But a meeting with the author of her memoirs was one of the “personal appointments” the former chief commissioner kept on Black Saturday when she was in charge of the state’s emergency services response.

Kinglake survivors Greg Holloway and Joanne Jordan said when Ms Nixon’s memoirs hit the shelves it would be a nice gesture to give some of the money from sales to charity.

“Some of it could go to the organisations that helped immediately after (Black Saturday),” Mr Holloway said.

“The Salvation Army, Red Cross, all the people that provided relief.”

Another survivor, Jodie Thorneycroft, said Ms Nixon shouldn’t feel pressure to donate money.

“It’s up to her really,” Ms Thorneycroft said.

“There’s more important things to worry about, the community is more worried about mental health.”

Ms Nixon has faced intense pressure to resign from VBRRA since her actions on Black Saturday were uncovered. As well as meeting with the author of her memoirs, Ms Nixon dined out with friends as the state burned, and had a haircut that morning.

Memoirs publisher Louise Adler, of Melbourne University Press, has said the controversy Ms Nixon endured in recent weeks would be detailed in Fair Cop.

But Victoria’s former top cop has distanced herself from those comments, saying there is no guarantee she will cover her Royal Commission grillings and subsequent media attention.

Ms Nixon’s spokeswoman Melissa Arch said there had been no discussion of whether any proceeds from book sales would go to charity.

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