‘We saw this coming for years’: Farmers take legal action after fires
Six farmers are preparing to take legal action against the state government, arguing a massive bushfire in northern NSW could have been prevented if more hazard reduction had been allowed.
In what could be the first class action after this summer’s horror bushfire season, graziers hit by the August blaze in the Guy Fawkes National Park, west of Coffs Harbour, say it was “a disaster waiting to happen”. Beef farmer Tony Brazier, who lives just outside Guyra, said fuel loads in the park had been allowed to reach dangerous levels because “everyone is too scared to burn anything”.
“I could see that the trouble was building for a number of years, it was just too dangerous and so this was always going to happen,” Mr Brazier, who runs about 600 head of Angus beef cattle, said…
Tasmanian Government launched RiskReady fire, flood assessment tool for homeowners in silence
The State Government has quietly launched an online tool that allows Tasmanians to quickly and easily understand whether their home is at risk of bushfires and landslides, but is not publicly promoting it — despite the state being in the middle of bushfire season.
RiskReady ‘went live’ in mid-December, but hasn’t been promoted by government agencies
The State Government says it will promote the online tool “at an appropriate time”
The Greens say RiskReady is helpful, but useless without promotion
The RiskReady feature, developed over 12 months at a cost of about $50,000 by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) with the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) and other agencies, was completed in mid-December.
Available now on the TasAlert webpage, RiskReady allows people to enter an address and quickly determine whether a property is likely to be exposed to a range of natural hazards, including bushfire, landslide, coastal erosion and coastal inundation…