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July 1, 2022

An Apology

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Luke Hamilton, Main Arm.

Dear Community, National Parks and RFS volunteers,

My name is Luke Hamilton, and I would personally like to take this opportunity to express my sincere apologies to everyone who has been affected by the recent fire in the Upper Main Arm and surrounding areas for which I am responsible.

On 19th August I was camping at the top of the property commonly known as Funkey Forest, when my campfire unexpectedly got out of control.

I am deeply sorry that my actions have resulted in considerable destruction to the native fauna and flora of the area, as well as the thousands of man hours that have been involved in containing this fire.

I have certainly learned the hard way how easy it is to lose control of a campfire.

Thank you to the volunteers of the RFS who worked tirelessly to contain the fire and protect property, the helicopter service, local residents and friends, and NSW National Parks.

I am so grateful that no people were hurt, and no property sustained any major damage during the fire.

This period has been emotionally challenging for me.

I have been dealing with my own self-judgment, and the judgment of others.

I feel that I have learned many important lessons, and I would like to be able to integrate this difficult period into my life, forgive myself, and continue to serve myself and my community in the best way possible.

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    • He mentioned ‘fauna’ (or animal life) Jane; you can’t hope for much more when someone really gets the immensity of what they’ve done and apologises for it publicly. Good on you Luke – it must have been a really difficult thing to have done and to have owned your silly behaviour.


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