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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:52 pm Reply with quote
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Bushfires have shaped Australia for millennia and our human activities (world-wide) have shaped bushfires.

Here is a fine painting entitled "Gippsland - Sunday Night 1897", by John Longstaff, held at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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What part of A. do you live? Are you safe from the fires?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:26 am Reply with quote
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Like Stephen, I live in Melbourne. We get smoke, here, but the fires are generally hundreds, or even thousands, of kilometres away from us. We feel quite helpless when we see the plight of so many.

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John B Scott wrote:
It is a wake-up call for the world if anyone is willing to take notice. Maybe we should all move to Washington DC, where the air is always pure.


If you have friends in the bush as I do they will tell you this has been on the cards for some time because the "EXPERTS" won't listen to the people who actually know what they are talking about.

Fire is part of the Australian environment and we will never stop it.
We need to learn to live with it and prepare for it.

Allowing tree huggers to go and build houses in the bush in the middle of big stands of trees and let them build them out of wood is not a good plan in this part of the world.

Here is what our friends in the Shire of Indigo have to put up with.

Wodonga and Beechworth are in this shire.

Removing a tree and other native vegetation
You may need a planning permit to remove or cut down a tree, shrubs or other native vegetation if any of the following apply:
The property is covered by a heritage overlay; or
Your land is over 4000 square metres in area; or
Your land is in an Environmental Significance Overlay; or
Any of the landscaping has been identified in a landscape plan approved as part of a planning permit.
Before you remove or lop vegetation please check what planning controls apply to the land.
Removing trees without the proper approvals can lead to large fines.
Where a planning permit is required to remove native vegetation Clause 52.17 of the Indigo Planning Scheme sets out the information you need to provide with your application. Applications are normally required to be referred to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) who have a minimum period of 28 days to provide comment.
If you wish to remove a tree because it is dangerous it is advisable to obtain a report from a suitably qualified arborist on the health and safety of the tree.
If an arborist report identifies that the tree presents an immediate risk of personal injury or damage to property, a planning permit may not be required to lop or remove the tree. Please note that the risk must be immediate and not simply something that might occur in the next few years. You may also be required to verify this and an arborist's report can assist with this.
If the tree is within the road reserve (such as a street tree) other restrictions may apply and you will require specific consent from the land manager; Council or VicRoads.


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Nor in Portugal or California.

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The smoke in Melbourne is very bad today.

A number of sporting events have been cancelled and the Werribee races are off as well.

People are being advised to stay indoors if they can.

The fire brigade had around 200 false alarm overnight due to smoke alarms going off.

This lot of smoke is from the Gippsland fires and will persist till tomorrow when the wind shifts.

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