Grampians-Mt Lubra blaze
Rain and milder weather eased Victoria’s bushfire emergency
after 10 days of huge blazes, three deaths and multi-million-dollar stock and
property losses. The blaze in the Grampians is now being recognised as the
biggest since records have been kept in the park.
Some politicians who toured the area at the weekend said the
Victorian State Government was remiss in not declaring the fire as a natural
disaster area. Member for Western Province, David Koch, said it was the worst
fire in Victoria since Ash Wednesday in 1983.
“Natural disaster status would secure much needed additional
resources and financial support,” Mr Koch said.
“The Premier has seen fit to offer this support to those
affected by the disastrous Stawell fires on New Year’s Eve where although
losses were similar, the area of total damage was significantly less.”