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. “We’ve lost two people in my family because you dickheads won’t cut trees down,” he said.
This story highlights the issue of enviro policy that is wrapped in the climate change absurdities and the infringement upon property rights for the supposed greater good. The aftermath of such tragedies is often filled with enormous grief and anger. Hopefully, clear headed assessments will be made to determine if eco policies may have contributed to fuel that allowed the deadly fire to cause such harm. Common sense brush clearing or tree removal is not equal to Brazilian deforestation. Again, balance.