Wednesday, February 11, 2009

You won't read this in the U.S. -- Aussie fire tragedy

Angry survivors of the horrific wildfire tragedy in Australia blame "green" policies for attributing to the spread of the fire.
Angry residents last night accused local authorities of contributing to the bushfire toll by failing to let residents chop down trees and clear up bushland that posed a fire risk.

During question time at a packed community meeting in Arthurs Creek on Melbourne's northern fringe, Warwick Spooner — whose mother Marilyn and brother Damien perished along with their home in the Strathewen blaze — criticised the Nillumbik council for the limitations it placed on residents wanting the council's help or permission to clean up around their properties in preparation for the bushfire season.

Another resident said she had asked the council four times to tend to out-of-control growth on public land near her home, but her pleas had been ignored.

There was widespread applause when Nillumbik Mayor Bo Bendtsen said changes were likely to be made about the council's policy surrounding native vegetation.

But his response was not good enough for Mr Spooner: "It's too late now mate. We've lost families, we've lost people."

In this new age where left is right and dumb is smart, and oh yes, the world is supposedly melting according to a POLITICIAN , I doubt any of us will see that story on CBS, ABC, NBC, or CNN.

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