Burrum Heads waterhole fill-in order may become a hot potato

EDITORIAL: The Department of National Parks' order to fill in a man-made waterhole in the Burrum Coast National Park may be cutting off its nose to spite its face.

The waterhole was created by Doug Waters when he rebuilt the damaged road leading into the park - a move that saw him fined in court.

But while his work may have been illegal, Mr Waters' actions may have done more good than harm.

The local fire brigade was quick to defend him, because water is in short supply out there, and their trucks cannot carry enough to extinguish a large blaze.

Surely the emergency services who deal with fires in the park on a regular basis should have been consulted about the possible benefits of the waterhole.

There would be little point in protecting the park from damage by filling in this hole, only to find that the national park goes up in smoke if firies cannot quickly access water.

Perhaps the national parks staff should speak to their colleagues at emergency services about arranging bigger trucks and better resources for the local fire brigade.



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