MAKING US SAFE
Having been a Volunteer Firefighter for a number of years in the local area, Community Safety is very Important to me.
I believe it should be a priority of council to improve it and make sure all of our communities are safe, ready and prepared for emergencies, but are also safe to from harm.
I want to work with all of the City of Greater bendigo Communities, to make them safe and livable for all.
Using the form below please let me know your thoughts and ideas of how we could make community safety better in our region.
By Nathan Rogers – Lockwood Ward Council Candidate, 13/10/2020
SUSTAINABLE BUSHFIRE MANAGEMENT THAT WILL LEAD TO BETTER PREPAREDNESS AND ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE.
There is no doubt that we are facing the effects of Climate of Change every day. Wetter winters and hotter summers with higher temperatures and low humidity, yet in most of the Climate debates, the focus is on carbon emissions. In no way am I declaring that we are not in a climate emergency nor facing the effects of climate change however, I am proposing that perhaps we could address both Climate Change together with best practice, sustainability practices. It should not be one or the other. The misguided view that the two ideas are different in caparison and closed minded. Bushfire management and a preparedness processes that helps both situations and still manages to address key issues at local government level is vital in moving forward on climate emergency response.
When considering local government approach and strategies, it is important that we look at ways to reduce our emissions and improve how we can live more sustainably as a dual process. We can support communities to develop micro communities with smaller footprints, such as tiny houses and support smaller food production projects like produce grown in our gardens or local locations. We can have walkable 10-minute business hubs where it appropriate. These are the strategies that as local resident and now candidate I would feel l comfortable in supporting.
However, there are some factors to sustainability that I am concerned with and believe in the long term could be very detrimental and disastrous to any community large or small.
For example, “Green spaces” and conserving our local Parks and Forests in order to protect and support wildlife and native bushland by locking them up, sighting that this will help with air quality and reducing emissions is a flawed approach. While this may be a strategy that seems beneficial the flip side of this approach is that it negates the fact that Forests/Parks and high-density housing poses significant risk to the community in terms of bushfire management and protecting lives and property.
No access to these areas limits our ability to safely maintain any sort of substantial fire Management to take place. This “lock up” strategy will create the perfect firestorm scenario. As played out this past summer. Therefore, a more logical approach would be to create a holistic strategy that achieves both Bush Health and Fire Management Together.
This would require all relevant local and state government departments to engage with Community and Climate Groups to design a better solution. This is possible to achieve with the right facilitation process and this is where Local Government shines. Creating partnerships and joint ventures that will create the holistic solutions needed to address this important issue that is the Australian Climate.
I am no expert in regards to climate change but over many years attending bushfires and most recently visiting fire ravaged communities in NSW in 2019, in a private assistance request deployment in which I transported a significant amount of animal food and goods donated from the bendigo community, I took the time to listen to locals and hear their concerns who had gained vital
firsthand knowledge and experience and have seen the results of exactly this missed opportunity to be proactive rather than reactive.
I would like to relate these accounts from people from within the fire zones of NSW during my visit: “Fire crews couldn’t get in the gates were locked”, “the bush in that forest had been locked up for years and nothing done in the way of prevention”, “tracks couldn’t even be seen or found due to overgrown trees and undergrowth”, these are all issues as was the destruction those fires caused.
For a local government to make a real difference in and achieve sustainable ways of living in the future, they need to find ways to improve our processes that empower Communities to be more sustainable. Whether that is growing our own foods to preserving our Parks and Forests and not lose sight of community safety in the process, because Risk Management matters.
For the Community to have a voice in achieving this, we need to work together and undertake consultation and detailed planning, in both sustainable ways of living but also look at new ways to keep our community safe with sustainable bushfire management processes, with that will come trial and error but the true focus needs to remain that sustainable has many aspects both in terms of living and remaining safe.
If elected to council In October I am committed to improving and reviewing community safety in the municipality by facilitating opportunities to put submissions in from all stakeholders to identify the issues and find innovative solutions to live in sustainable ways but also to design ways to be sustainable in bushfire management as a community. After all that is what really matters most here is the Community.
That’s why I am standing for election because I believe in Bendigo and I believe we as a community can embrace both concepts of sustainable living and Keeping the community safe and work to achieve the ultimate sustainable framework for the future of our communities and Australia, we just need to have that voice and I want to be that voice, Your Voice for a better Bendigo.