I was greatly saddened by the appalling bush fires in …

Comment on Bushfires were expected yet authorities are still not ready by Gill Rayner.

I was greatly saddened by the appalling bush fires in the Alice Springs area, as my partner and I lived there several years ago. At that time, people in the area were concerned about the dangers of buffel grass, and its propensity for overtaking native grasses … and they have been proved right. Not only is this grass an invader, but has now been proven to be a danger to human life – especially after a very wet season. As usual, nothing was done about it until too late, and in the present hot/dry conditions it is probably thriving and presenting an even bigger risk for the coming fire season. Be prepared, and start an eradication program ASAP.

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