Another “real” Canberra mention in Crikey today with Christian Kerr getting stuck into our own MLA Steve Pratt over a letter sent to residents warning their houses are in danger of burning down.
Any RA readers get such a letter and like to fill us in on their thoughts?
13. A right Pratt?
Christian Kerr writes:
ACT Liberal MLA Steve Pratt has upset a number of his constituents with a letter suggesting their houses are in danger of burning down â€“ a great way of marking the anniversary of Canberra’s disastrous 2003 fires.
â€œI am writing to you to inform you that I believe that the grassland bush fire threat in your suburb is quite serious and I am concerned that this problem is replicated in many places right along the urban/bush interface,â€ he says in a letter to residents of the outer suburb of Kambah.
â€œAs the Shadow Emergency Services Minister for the ACT Opposition I have been calling on the ACT Government since early November to tackle the inevitable grass bushfire fuel load problem arising after the very good late winter/spring rains,â€ he continues â€“ before adding â€œI acknowledge that this year we are better prepared for bushfire than we have been for some years. A lot of good work has been done in cutting back grass in many years but I believe there are also many dangerous pockets of long grass in areas vulnerable to bushfire and regrettably, I believe, your suburban / bush edge is one of these.â€
Few of his fellow MHA seem keen on following his lead. Many are aghast â€“ and see the letter as further evidence of distressingly, er, idiosyncratic behaviour on Pratt’s part.