Reap what you sow

The Siding Springs Observatory, with its superb Anglo-Australian Telescope (the largest optical telescope in Australia) is one of the gems of Australia. It came close to being destroyed by fire – apparently the visitors centre was destroyed. This was a stroke of luck, with the deputy commissioner of the RFS stating that

 the most frightening fires I think we have had all summer

The Observatory, with its 12 large telescopes, is part of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the ANU, which of course lost the telescopes at Mount Stromlo Observatory in 2003 because of the Canberra fires.

The intensity of these fires was entirely due to the fuel load which the greens and their supporters in the NSW and ACT governments have ensured was increased rather than reduced over the past decade. Many of these advocates have studied at the ANU’s Fenner School of Environment and Society.

So blame for the destruction of one part of the ANU’s infrastructure can be sheeted home to another part of the university. But don’t expect the environmental extremists to acknowledge their errors. But it is for the rest of us to be more active in campaigning for better environmental policies – the greens’ policies do not protect the environment, they destroy the environment.

While there were clear excesses in past practices of land clearing, the pendulum has swung too far the other way exposing Australians, their property and wildlife to excessive risks of death and destruction from fire. It is time to return to a moderate form of land clearing and better land management that includes a significant reduction in fuel load, especially in national parks.

 

Webcam image from Siding Spring Observatory.

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25 Responses to Reap what you sow

  1. Rafe

    Sense on reducing the risk and severity of fires.

    AUSTRALIA needs to become less sentimental about the bush and stop creating national parks if it wants to prevent devastating fires, a researcher has warned.

    Dr Christine Finlay, who completed a PhD in bushfire research at the University of NSW in 2005, said the recent spate of bushfires in NSW could have been prevented if authorities had adopted a tougher burn-off policy.

    “They should have been cool-burning in winter, when it was safe to do so, to reduce fuel loads,” she told AAP on Monday.

    Dr Finlay also questioned whether prescribed burns had actually reduced fuel loads and whether NSW authorities had miscalculated their response to the recent firestorm.

    “It’s just this massive domino effect of miscalculations, set up in a miscalculated way so that the catastrophe happens,” Dr Finlay said.

    The researcher was also critical about the spread of national parks.

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    The researcher was also critical about the spread of national parks.

    Brave girl now she won’t be getting any grants will she? So rare to see honest plain speaking, barely recognised.

  3. Samuel J

    The researcher was also critical about the spread of national parks.

    Quite – Bob Carr should bear a lot of responsibility for that. Selling his soul to the Greens to stay in power. The expansion in national and state parks has actually damaged the environment.

  4. stackja

    There much “Bob Brown coal” just waiting for a lightning strike to burst into flames.

  5. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Bob Carr had a soul to sell?

    Now that IS news.

    After all, he voluntarily joined the dregs of the middle class liars, sexual deviants, thieves, baby-murderers, whoremongers, perverts, communist running dogs, kiddiep3rnographers, nepotists, sexual predators, corruptionists and p3ddo-files of the reeking sewer that is the modern ALP.

    And was so good at most or all of the above that he, like some titanic turd, floated to the top.

  6. While there were clear excesses in past practices of land clearing

    The best indicator of inadvisable land clearing is erosion. While there are examples of that, it could hardly be called “clear excesses”.

    Throwing the green dogs a bone like that is a bad idea. Let them starve.

  7. Jim Rose

    the bush capital is a sitting target of bushfires.

  8. Tom

    Samuel J, why does what you’ve said even need saying, FFS? Do the ordinary people of this country understand that our federal government and both federal and state environment bureaucracies have been taken over by extremists for whom human life is a third order issue behind a mad ideology, a childish reaction to the dominance of capitalist developers 30-50 years ago? I think they do and it is only those at the top of the power structure who think the rest of the oountry can’t see their treachery.

  9. Bob Carr, Mk50, is a classic example of the old saying “You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.”

  10. Leigh Lowe

    Bob Carr, Mk50, is a classic example of the old saying “You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.”

    Bob Carr?
    Senator Bob Carr from NSW?
    I don’t see any glitter.

  11. rob

    What is wrong with these people? It looks like the forest grew almost right up to the buildings. For the smartest guys in the room, they seem to be missing a few neutrinos.

  12. Ubique

    Bob Carr? That’d be Bob No Carr, unelected swill.

  13. Pickles

    The nature conservancy or some such not for profit outfit with the benefit of specific legislation bought a heap of blocks in the bungles, put 400yr restrictive covenants on them and resold them. I wonder if any of those got cooked.

  14. wreckage

    There were very, very few cases of clearly excessive clearing in Australia; and pretty much none since World War Two. Areas put aside for forestry have been well-managed as a general and virtually universal rule since white settlement, as forest management was already an established science at that time, although it needed extensive revision to deal with fire risk and fuel load.

    Land clearing for agriculture has seen some specific mistakes in specific areas, and these mostly self-corrected by virtue of the fact that degraded land is useless and a number of Australian natives are very aggressive colonisers of unused land. By the time the aggressive legislation came in the the early 90′s, it was correcting a problem that didn’t exist.

    Land clearing for urban use is its own issue, but by-and-large (outside of the Sydney basin and a few analogous zones) urbanisation spreads across farmland, not ancient forest. Of farmland is an environmental null-zone as we are so often told by the patently ignorant, then building cities over it is not an environmental issue, now is it?

  15. wreckage

    DavidLeyonhjelm, I’m sure you’ve noticed that Dunning-Kruger is never in stronger effect than when the discussion turns to agriculture.

  16. Talleyrand

    Regarding the Post of Mk50 of Brisbane at 14 Jan 13 at 7:18 pm

    Note to the Moderators
    The Comments in this post might be taken to mean Senator Carr has committed criminal acts.

    I would strongly suggest for the sake of the Cat, that they be redacted / edited to remove this inference.

    Let’s not give the ALP a rod to beat us with.

  17. “excessive clearing”
    What did it “exceed”? Did they have a book at the time that lay down the “correct” amount of clearing? Just more religion/communism/environmentalism. They want there to be a big plan and then make everyone follow it..

  18. Woolfe

    Talleyrand,
    Moron. what right do you have to preach to the moderators how they run this Blog. If you don’t like it, go away. Your choice, exercise it.

  19. Rococo Liberal

    Is it really the case that the Greens have activley forced this nonsensical policy re fuel clearance on State Governments, or is it that the politicians have allowed an outcome which will shut the Greens up?

    It would seem that a lot of things done by governments of both persuasions are often done to cut off oxygen from the loony left. Hence, Barry O’Farrel’s silly enquiry into anti-discrimination law in NSW.

    This kind of appeasement must stop. Our right wing politicians have got to realise that the loony left argumwents are not onlt wrong, but when heard more by the populace made to look even sillier. Let the greens complain about the deaths of the red necked throttler bird or what ever it is, whilst also pointing out that the Greenies’ favoured windfarms are driving species of birds and bats to extinction.

  20. johanna

    “What is wrong with these people? It looks like the forest grew almost right up to the buildings. For the smartest guys in the room, they seem to be missing a few neutrinos.”
    ———————

    The Siding Springs facility is in the middle of the Warrumbungle National Park, which is a NSW government park. The ANU has no control over how the park is managed, and on past performance by NSW parks authorities, they would be whistling in the wind if they tried.

    The Mt Stromlo facility was caught up in a firestorm emanating from NSW as well – nothing the ANU could have done.

    Not the ANU’s fault in either case, but that of the greenie infested NSW government.

  21. .

    The Comments in this post might be taken to mean Senator Carr has committed criminal acts.

    He was the Premier whilst the Obeids walked away with millions of ill gotten gains.

    I put it to you he is incredibly dumb (as an ALP “academic”) or turned a blind eye.

    Surely a royal commission must be made and surely references for indictments must be communicated under section 6P of the Royal Commissions Act.

  22. johninoxley

    NSparks&Wildfire park authority as known in the NSWRFS

  23. Leigh Lowe

    Talleyrand,

    My only complaint about Mk50′s list of sundry criminals and undesirables Carr has associated with is that it is incomplete.
    He omitted bribe payers and receivers (Rex Jackson), perjurers (Richard Face) and drug dealers to minors (Milton Orkoplous, who plied minors with drugs as part of his kiddie fiddling grooming process).
    I suspect the list will become longer when ICAC is finished with the Carr era.

  24. Tintarella di Luna

    Bob Carr, Mk50, is a classic example of the old saying “You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.”

    For some years I’ve referred to Carr as the four-letter “C”-word of NSW politics and has now progressed to being the four-letter “C” word of federal politics (Kim Carr is invisible)

  25. Leigh Lowe

    Kim Carr is invisible

    ….. except when there was a cock-up with the letter advising those moved from being Family Allowance bludgers to Newstart bludgers to destroy their concession cards.
    Then Lard-Arse Gillard and Five-Chins Macklin were nowhere to be seen.
    Big Kim had to carry the can on that one.

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