Tina Petroff, Ocean Shores
It is ridiculous to blame a PM for the devastation of Mother Nature’s power with the fires.The Gold Coast cyclone in 1954 wreaked havoc, Cyclone Tracy destroyed Darwin in 1974, and the 1974 Cyclone Pam destroyed Sheltering Palms Holiday Cabins at New Brighton. You can’t blame the PM for the massive flooding in Billinudgel, South Golden, New Brighton, and more in 2005, or the destructive force of Cyclone Yasi in Queensland in 2011.
Sure, we could stop throwing butts out of cars, have a fire plan, and follow it.
We should have more clearing around our homes with regular controlled burns to reduce decades of ground fuel that went unattended for two decades under the control of National Parks; but we can’t stop the lightning strikes in the bush, or hold back the waves.
We should be grateful to have a PM who has the gumption and good sense to send in National Defence Services and Army Reserves to support communities ravaged by natural catastrophes. We need good people like Prime Minister Morrison to lead the way. Communities need national support, and fellow Australians have always been resilient, strong and supportive with open hearts through disasters.
For 80,000 years, Aboriginal custodians of our lands have learned to work with Mother Nature, protecting their country with controlled burns and backburning to clear ground fuel, and in fact many native plants like banksias need fire for regeneration.
So don’t let fear rule your life, be pro-active and help those affected by these latest fires and droughts with donations, and let’s help them rebuild this great land, even if it’s as simple as offering a friendly cuppa with someone who cares.