Parts of the Mid North
agricultural district have suffered in recent years, following major bushfire
events at Bundaleer and Wirrabara.
While this may have caused substantial financial loss to ForestrySA as a
business, this can never be compared with the personal losses of people living
in the area.
ForestrySA has taken on board the concerns of local people and is determined to
maintain open and honest communication with our neighbours and the community.
I invite you to have your say, by getting in touch with ForestrySA Corporate Communications via firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of questions were asked at the Jamestown community meeting on 22
October which we were not equipped to answer on the spot. As promised, you can
read our responses below:
Wirrabara Fire - 7 May 2012
The decision to ignite the prescribed burn was, at the time, a reasonable one.
The weather experienced on the day exceeded what was forecast. The day in
question was not a declared Total Fire Ban.
A number of opportunities for
improvement were identified (and later implemented), during the incident
debrief which followed. These included:
Mixing experienced crew with
less experienced crew
Using the Burn Risk
Resourcing prescribed burns
to ensure crews can deal with contingencies
Additional training for
prescribed burn personnel
Fire preparation and
ForestrySA is readying
itself for the 2014-15 fire season, with annual preparation activities now
underway in the Mid North.
Fire protection is something
we take very seriously. To ensure we meet our commitment, experienced fire
fighters are engaged to begin work in early November 2014, supplemented by a
number of casual staff.
Adding to this vital human
resource is one fire appliance, which will be based at Wirrabara during the
fire season, two Quick Response Vehicles and a bulk water carrier.
Fire break spraying has been
completed at both Bundaleer and Wirrabara, track clearing has begun and is
ongoing and fire break slashing will commence shortly.
To quote the Strategic Directions for Mid North Pine Plantations
Estate report: “It is beyond the scope of this analysis to model possible
land uses. However, the following list of candidate land uses has been
developed to illustrate the range of possibilities.”
ForestrySA contacted the
report’s author, Doug Parsonson, to clarify this point and it is quite possible
that Sandalwood may not be appropriate.
Native Forest management
ForestrySA receives Community Service Obligation (CSO) funding from the
State Government to ensure native vegetation is adequately managed for
conservation and fire protection.
Members of the community
should feel comfortable that this same level of care will be ongoing well into