Turkey Beach resident questions need for burn-offs

Former Rural Fire Brigade member Ian Simmons questions the need for controlled burns:

I KNOW how much sorrow and grief bushfires can bring. We only have to watch the news in the hotter months, and burn-offs are necessary.

Having been in two bush fire brigades, Turkey Beach and Crowther NSW, and a fire chief in a BHP underground coal mine with millions of dollars' worth of equipment, I do have some knowledge.

Black Saturday bushfires, there were 120 deaths and more than 1200 homes lost. The RSPCA estimated that over a million animals perished in the bushfires.

But I am with others at a loss why Rodds Bay Peninsular is burnt on a regular basis when there is not one single home anywhere near.

I do not think the indigenous people would burn off as regularly as it would have destroyed some of the food source they relied on.

Australia has lost 30 mammal species to extinction in just over 200 years, which is the worst mammal extinction record anywhere in the world.

Is there any thought that goes into the destruction of fauna and flora?

Information from the Queensland Herbarium shows some species of cupaniopsis shirleyana needs the surrounding bush to survive. 

Do we as intelligent humans need to add to these figures, for a pat on the back by unnecessary burning?

Should these burn-offs be orchestrated by the National Parks? We thought they are supposed to help look after our small defenceless animals?

The volunteer bush fire brigade can do a good job but some are very questionable.

My wife and I left the old Tannum road to come back to Turkey Beach some years ago when we were held up by bushfire smoke.

Would you believe it was six hours before we got home that night? For women needing a toilet and nursing a baby, this must have been very distressing.

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