Call to change relief classification for bushfire-stricken graziers


Call to change relief classification for bushfire-stricken graziers

02 January 2013

published by www.au.news.yahoo.com


Australia —  A mayor in Queensland’s Gulf Country is calling on the Federal Government to change the disaster relief classification for graziers in the bushfire-ravaged region.

Graziers in the Etheridge and Tablelands councils are starting to assess the damage after months of fires.

Millions of hectares of land has been burnt, cattle have little to no feed, and properties need re-fencing.

Etheridge Mayor Will Attwood says while the recent disaster declaration by the federal and Queensland governments has helped the area, they need a different classification.

He says the current declaration allows graziers access to low interest loans and some small subsidies.

“Our graziers have so many loans and so much debt that another loan will just make it more difficult for them to be able to carry on their business,” he said.

But he says with some graziers still facing the expense of trucking in feed for their cattle and others needing to re-fence their properties.

Councillor Attwood says classifying the area under vategory C relief would make a real difference.

“It allows specifically for primary producers to be able to access subsidies and grants to be able to recover from natural events,” he said.

“What we’re saying at the moment is they don’t need more debt, they just need assistance to be able to carry on in the form of subsidy and grants.”
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 Two summers of unprecedented rain and unusually cool temperatures have left a large fuel load of grass and unburnt forest areas in and around Canberra.

A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.

After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmaXNjum
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 


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