It is nearly 50 years since the huge devastation of the '67 fires that took so many lives and wiped out so many homes.
Every year we have huge fires.
Every year we struggle, watch homes go, send men and machines into forest and farm.
Last year we lost a huge tract of the State: wilderness, where firefighters could not get to because it is locked away with no access roads. Entire species were lost. Forever.
The year before an entire town went and the Tasman Penninsula was cut off for weeks.
And we still do not have even ONE fire-fighting plane.
Just one of those could serve the entire State.
Or one or two of these.
Something agile to help MEN
Something that can uplift a lot of water fast and get it to the right spot quickly. And douse the fires.
But we do not have even one.
Hundreds of Millions of dollars will go up in smoke and flame again this summer.
Keep a wet towel handy because there will be no fire-fighting planes to save you.