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Michael has been invited to speak at the Living with Bushfire Community Conference 2017

Federation University, Ballarat

Livingwithbushfire2017.pdf


Wednesday 18 January Firebird 300 visits Cape Clear again.

The Emergency management helicopter Firebird 300 came to Cape Clear in November to film the roadsides we planned to burn with their turret camera. They came back yesterday to reshoot the roads we have already burnt especially the Rokewood Skipton Rd - The Big Burn



The clearly visible black line of the Rokewood Skipton Rd Big Burn disappearing into the distance. Bottom left is the starting point. Pic TK Pilot Marc Cannan


Lots of new aerial shots in the Cape Clear Fire Brigade Page News and Gallery Pages

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Sunday 15 January 2017 The Big Burn. The Roadside Burn on the Rokewood Skipton Rd from Mount Misery Creek, Rokewood Junction to Rankin Rd, Mannibadar was successfully completed. Burning commenced just after 10am and finished at 5pm. About 40kms of roadsides were burnt. This was a brilliant days work by all who attended and it makes a fantastic fire break. There was a car fire caused by mechanical failure on the road during the burn just to make it more challenging - with the fire trucks nearby a speedy save was made.






For more pictures of the Big Burn visit The Cape Clear Fire Brigade Gallery pageCape Clear Fire Brigade Gallery

For some more pics of the burn
Buninyong Brigade facebook page

The Ballarat Courier Story

A great story on the Ballarat Courier website
Cape Clear Burn Story, Pics and drone footage

Thanks also to Falcon Aerial Photography and Video for the amazing drone footage
www.falconaerialphoto.com.au

15 January 2017 Cape Clear and other local brigades are planning a major burn of over 25kms of roadsides. As part of of briefing and training we have gotten hands on - showing its not all work - but some play as well.





November We have just had a visit from Craig Lapsley, the Emergency Management Commissioner in Firebird 300. Craig came to Cape Clear to present Chief Officer Unit Citations for Courage to four members of our brigade - Cape Clear Fire Brigade (full details and lots of pics on www.capeclearfirebrigade.com). While in the Cape Clear Area the helicopter flew over some of our roadside burn areas.

Cape Clear - The fire station and lighthouse are in the centre of picture. pic TK

Firebird 300 landing at the Cape Clear Recreation Reserve pic TK


There have been some great newspaper articles. Among them the local paper "The Miner" and great article and photo in "The Herald and Weekly Times"





Photo shoot for HWT article pics TK

Comments

We have been getting lots of positive comments from purchasers. A selection below:

"Should be more preventative burning everywhere."

"Have seen the flyers. You have done a great job. I have also noticed a fair bit of interest around about it."

"Congratulations, Michael, on achieving your goal in writing and producing such an instructive book."


"I am very interested in having a look at this thoughtful piece of work by you and your team."

"Well, Michael;'s the best person to write a book on the subject because he has turned it into an art where everything just happens in the right order and if the wind changes you just adjust what you are doing."


"How the hell did you happen to write a book? You couldn't put two words together when you were at school, let alone know what a paragraph was!"

"From what I've ready I agree with every word."


Lots of commonsense. Should be in all the schools.