NSW bushfire victim uses charred home to slam Scott Morrison’s climate change stance

22 November 2019

Published by https://7news.com.au


USA – “No climate catastrophe? F. U. ScoMo.”

That’s the message Ross Mackay’s father wrote on the charred remains of his family home, destroyed by the devastating bushfires that ripped through Nymboida, in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region.

The home is one of about 80 lost in the area, which has a population of about 300, when flames roared through the gully in early November.

Mackay’s dad, Stu, took to the smouldering mess, spraying pointed barbs aimed squarely at the government.

“Quiet Aussies lead to homes on fire,” Mackay wrote.

“If only I’d prayed more, sorry ScoMo.”

Heather and Stu Mackay, who have lived for decades in the Nymboida hinterland, were left with nothing but the clothes on their back after the blaze.

A GoFundMe started for the couple says the their “modest hand-built home” was lovingly adapted to accommodate for Heather, who is experiencing increased disability.

Now, they have nothing.

The charred wreckage played host to choice words.
The charred wreckage played host to choice words. Credit: Ross Mackay

The RFS announced on Thursday that 612 homes had so far been lost in New South Wales with 60 blazes continuing to burn across the state.

Six people have died and hundreds of properties have been destroyed around the nation in recent weeks as catastrophic conditions fan fires.

Call for action

A top firefighter says the government’s inaction on climate change is causing the devastating bushfires across the country.

Greg Mullins, a former state Fire and Rescue Commissioner and a member of the Climate Council, said global warming was making weather events more extreme.

“This is climate change, it’s a warming climate, it’s critically dry,” he told Sunrise.

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