Sunday, February 7, 2010
A year ago today was Australia's worst natural civil disaster; by far the worst disaster in Victoria's history. For details see our post here from then, while our 'bushfires' tag gives a lot more detail.
Sadly it's clear that the various authorities have not responded by drawing the lessons and making changes and resources available, despite their glossy brochures endless Royal Commission and emphasis, today, only on the memories of last year. Many hard questions have not been answered, many clear lessons not learned by those in authority, and any rural dweller will be aware that their own safety and future really is up to them and their local community. Fair enough, to a point, but not a good example of 'your tax dollars at work'.
We are heeding the lessons, and remembering that nature will always have the last word.