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How to mark 10 years since the fires?

By johnboy - 18 January 2012 43

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Chief Minister Gallagher is asking for your thoughts on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2003 fires in the centenary year:

“I visited the Bushfire Memorial in Weston Creek this morning to pay my respects to those who lost their lives and the thousands more among us who were affected in some way,” Ms Gallagher said.

“The 18th of January remains a difficult one for many in the Canberra community and I think all of us can remember exactly what we were doing back on that hot, windy January day in 2003,” the Chief Minister said.

“Everyone in Canberra knows someone who was affected by the firestorm.It was a time in our city’s short history where we were challenged by the force of nature and where the people of Canberra rose to that challenge and worked together to support those who had lost loved ones, homes, animals and possessions.

“Nine years on there are those who will still struggle to deal with the horrors of that day and the memories that come with it. My heart goes out to each and every one of those people, particularly to the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

“At the same time I am proud of the way we, as a community, have supported each other in those difficult days, weeks, months and years of recovery and rebuilding.

“Today, I am asking Canberrans to consider how we should mark this important occasion, to commemorate what must go down as the worst day in our city’s 99 year history,” the Chief Minister said.

Suggestions can be posted on the ‘Time to Talk’ website (http://timetotalk.act.gov.au/), by calling Canberra Connect on 132281 or via Twitter to @actcomms

Your thoughts dear readers?

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How to mark 10 years since the fires?
creative_canberran 5:13 pm 18 Jan 12

eh_steve said :

Really? It MUST go down as the worst day? The adviser that wrote that didn’t really think it through, particularly so close to the 31st anniversary of the floods that killed seven people in Woden.

You’re really going to try and stack the firestorms against the (tragic) deaths of 7 in a flood?

It absolutely is the worst day in Canberra’s history.
4 dead + almost 500 injured + 70% of territory burnt + water supply severely compromised.

In fact had the fire reached the Lower Molonglo Plant, which it almost did, there would have been a chlorine release forcing mass evacuations of urban Canberra (according to the Coronial Report).

Get some perspective and stop being so foolish.

Mysteryman 4:47 pm 18 Jan 12

Holditz said :

Burn an effigy of the then Chief Minister?

+1.

Booting out the government in power at the time would be nice, too.

Waiting For Godot 4:47 pm 18 Jan 12

Why don’t we install a pissoir in Stromlo Forest with a bust of the late Paddy McGuinness in the middle of the urinal? McGuinness is of course the gladly departed “journalist” (cough, cough!) who wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald less than 24 hours later – with bodies still being recovered – that Canberra was “a socialist utopia” and that the fires were a good excuse to bulldoze the place.

eh_steve 4:17 pm 18 Jan 12

“Today, I am asking Canberrans to consider how we should mark this important occasion, to commemorate what must go down as the worst day in our city’s 99 year history,” the Chief Minister said.

Really? It MUST go down as the worst day? The adviser that wrote that didn’t really think it through, particularly so close to the 31st anniversary of the floods that killed seven people in Woden.

KB1971 1:26 pm 18 Jan 12

Bluey said :

A controlled burn off?

This, as the undergrowth is coming back tenfold now but it is mostly weeds. Controlled burns will help reduce these pests. The burns also need to be in Namadgi, just burning off the surrounds of the city is not good enough as the fire crossed a whole heap of farmland with bugger all on it to get to Duffy.

Bluey 1:08 pm 18 Jan 12

A controlled burn off?

timeeh 12:39 pm 18 Jan 12

Blen_Carmichael said :

I’ve got a good idea. How about a statue of Maria Doogan instead of Jon Stanhope?

D. All of the above and while were at it, one of our beloved Ginger Ninja.

Blen_Carmichael 12:26 pm 18 Jan 12

I’ve got a good idea. How about a statue of Maria Doogan instead of Jon Stanhope?

Rawhide Kid Part3 12:13 pm 18 Jan 12

Well that’s something I really wanted to remember…..

steveu 11:03 am 18 Jan 12

Holditz said :

Burn an effigy of the then Chief Minister?

+1

Holditz 10:43 am 18 Jan 12

Burn an effigy of the then Chief Minister?

p1 10:07 am 18 Jan 12

Since chewy14 beat me to my instinctive response, I think a nice camping trip out to Macintyres Hut would be a good idea.

Baldy 9:59 am 18 Jan 12

chewy14 said :

bonfire and fireworks?

+1

Baldy 9:59 am 18 Jan 12

One big tree planting to help the local surrounds get back to the way they were?

the bush is still struggling.

chewy14 9:52 am 18 Jan 12

bonfire and fireworks?

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