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Bushfire-affected business owners should consider other opportunities: expert

 

History of disasters shows there is nothing new about nation’s destructive blazes

While there is no doubt these bushfires are bad and may get worse, fuelling more talk of the ­nation battling an unprecedented fire threat this summer, the blazes that continue to plague the eastern states and Western Australia are nothing new.

They do not compare with some of the more extreme fire disasters in Australia’s short history, such as the Black Thursday conflagration of 1851 that burned five million hectares and was so ­intense that ships 30km off the coast of Victoria reported coming under ember attack.

Those fires covered one-quarter of what is now the state of Victoria, including the Portland region, the Plenty Ranges, the Wimmera and Dandenong. Twelve people died and one million sheep perished…

 

Bushfire-affected business owners should consider other opportunities: expert

People whose businesses rely heavily on roads like the Kings Highway should seriously consider other opportunities, according to an expert in infrastructure planning and disaster risk education.

As reported by the Sunday Canberra Times last week, the closure of the Kings Highway between Braidwood and the South Coast village of Nelligen has hit Braidwood businesses hard. Businesses in the town of about 1600 people rely on the traffic moving between Canberra and the South Coast, but with a long stretch of the Kings Highway closed because of bushfires in the region, Braidwood’s main street has been eerily quiet.

Sales of the Braidwood Bakery’s famous pies were down 75 per cent, with the business’ overall trade down about 70 per cent.

Other businesses, like Robert Aernout’s Original Lamp Shop, had also experienced a decline in sales, and Mr Aernout said business owners in the town had begun speaking openly about standing down staff….

 

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