Brooms calls for sweep of hazards

EIGHT years worth of bush fuel was burnt in Wednesday night's Brooms Head inferno, say locals.

They are upset their repeated requests for action have fallen on deaf ears.

Kelvin 'Snow' Watkins, whose house yesterday sat next to a smouldering reserve of burnt scrub, sent off a 95-signature petition to Clarence Valley Council on Tuesday.

The petition called for council to conduct a meeting in the Brooms Head Hall with 'the relevant authorities' to discuss the village's fire protection measures.

The document, drafted by Kelvin, read:

“After the big fire in 2001 and now the big build-up of fuel, which has the potential to be as big a fire threat (or bigger), the residents of Brooms Head are very concerned because of the lack of reduction of this fuel.”

Kelvin said the National Parks and Wildlife Service had recently back-burnt a section of scrub to the west of the village but much of the rest of the village remained unprotected.

“Twelve months ago the weeds authority (from council) cut down some Western Australian wattle and poisoned the butts, then just left the tops there ... that's a fire hazard,” he said.

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