Mayor Brad Carter
Mayor Brad Carter Allan Reinikka

Some fires look suspicious

MAYOR Brad Carter expressed his disappointment and disgust yesterday at what appeared to be deliberately lit fires along the Emu Park Road.

Cr Carter said he was driving along the road yesterday morning and spotted a number of fires at regular intervals which it appeared highly unlikely had been caused by the natural conditions.

He spoke to a local resident, who shared his fears.

“I'm very disappointed and very frustrated,” he said.

“The outbreak of very strange fires at this stage is a major concern and is putting increased pressure on our local firefighters.

“I'm disappointed to believe that someone in our community could do this.”

He said if the fires had been deliberately set it kept the firefighters from the main front.

Authorities have promised a full investigation into the cause of all the fires.

Despite the fire yesterday, Mayor Carter was upbeat about the community spirit and support residents showed to one another during a time in need.

Meanwhile, Cr Carter said he would review his decision to leave the country this week.

Cr Carter had planned to fly to Ibusuki, Japan on Wednesday for a four-day visit, but said there was “no way” he was leaving if there was a considerable bushfire risk.

“I base my decision on good data; no way am I leaving if we have a significant fire on our doorstep,” he said.

“I have to know the crisis is well and truly past.”

Cr Carter said he was also reviewing whether there was a need to establish a disaster control centre.

“We haven't activated that (the control centre) yet but we are trying to get up-to-date information and I am vigorously reviewing the call,” he said.



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