Stop press: How sparks fly and create tragedy. The grass fire that devastated Carwoola on 17 February was apparently started by a spinning metal cutting wheel according to a brave post in Carwoola FB hub by the property owner. Construction was taking place on his property at Brindabella Place Carwoola. Amazingly he claims that the site was cleared of vegetation for 50 metres.
Should metal grinding, welding and cutting machinery be banned on total fire ban days?
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has launched a Carwoola Bushfire Appeal in the wake of last week’s devastating grass fire – coming on top of the massive fire in rural Boro Mt Fairy in Palerang 10 days earlier. One personal story of the harrowing experience at Mt Fairy is posted here, at ‘notes from the fire front’.
The erratic Carwoola fire, which both firefighters and residents reported defied prediction of which direction it was heading due to the wind patterns, made for an especially terrifying ordeal. It looped through both rural residential areas causing loss of 15 or so houses, and neighbouring farms with many cattle and sheep burned and dead. As ever, wildlife also suffer.
Residents can make direct donations by depositing funds into the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal account BSB – 032724 Account No – 362257. Donations can also be made in person at Westpac branches.
By the way, The District Bulletin notes that Westpac is reported to be a holdout big Australian bank still funding coal and gas projects and significantly has not declined to fund the very controversial and unnecessary Adani coal project in the Galilee Basin of North Queensland. It hardly needs repeating that greenhouse gases released by coal and other fossil fuel burning are the human causes of climate changes leading to increasingly catastrophic and erratic weather systems affecting Australia and the rest of the world. Westpac might be encouraged to take a stance with preventative measures.