How to mark 10 years since the fires?

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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cranky cranky 9:32 pm 13 Dec 12

Whilst well aware that there are diametrically opposed views on remembering this day, I’m sure a recent press release from our Guvners invited citizens to register their interest in attending a ceremony at the Bushfire Memorial.

So you can’t just rock up, you have to be registered!

Katie, just what planet are you and your arse covering mates on?

Your predecessor made a mockery of accepting responsibility, and now you appear to be stage managing any public expression of disagreement with your governments actions.

Simplex Simplex 11:42 pm 23 Jan 12

I think 18th of January could become a more positive day for Weston Creekers, talk about community coming together, how about something something fun and real, for all ages & whooley dooley healthy to boot ?
Thats when the ACT government could open our long awaited community public pool? If they cared even a little, as its been many years( decades) awaited…. by the way, unlike the greedy gungalanese, merely one pool would be sensationally positive.. and as a Weston Creeker i can assure you, that empty words are merely tasteless and leave a particular bitter ashy taste

Lookout Smithers Lookout Smithers 10:26 am 23 Jan 12

Perhaps we should throw a big party? Pfft. Cut the grass? Convert to digital radio?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:16 pm 19 Jan 12

watto23 said :

…Maybe a memorial somewhere, for people to go spend time if they choose to…

Like this one?

watto23 watto23 12:00 pm 19 Jan 12

Stevian said :

Thumper said :

Frankly, I’d rather just let it slip by without any fanfare.

+1

Would those most severely affected really want to be reminded of it?

As someone who had the fire burning metres from my house, but lucky to loose nothing more than some singed clothes, I really don’t want to be reminded of it. Can’t think what those who lost more would think. Maybe a memorial somewhere, for people to go spend time if they choose to, but we don’t need constant reminding of everything.

Or better yet, how about more and better firefighting equipment for the territory!

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 11:27 am 19 Jan 12

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

GardeningGirl said :

qbngeek said :

I-filed said :

I had a colleague a few years ago – wondered why she drove a $1500 car when she was on a good public service wage. She had a hair-trigger temper and was roundly abusive once in the car park. Some time later I noticed her name in reference to underinsured victims of the fires.

Ahhhh the underinsured of the world. Nobody’s fault but their own, just like those who live in flood plains but have no flood coverage, but they want everyone else to pay for their stupidity.

I feel sorry for the people who were affected by the fires, but if you were underinsured that is your own fault.

UNinsured, yes. UNDERinsured, I don’t really agree, I get the feeling it’s not difficult to get caught out. For example after floods stories come out about immediate neighbours being treated differently depending on which insurance company they were with, I vaguely remember some stories about insurance companies after the fires too. I just think finding yourself underinsured is a bit different to choosing not to have insurance.

JessP said :

I am sure the people most affected by that dreadful day remember and mark it in their own way. But I am also sure that the Government will want to have a ceremonies of some description (with photo ops for the pollies who attend).

Let’s move on.

I hope peoples choice of whether they want to be left alone or want to come together on the day is respected. Unless everyone affected really wants the day completely lowkey I hope something is organised for those who do want to come together and to let them know the wider community still remembers and cares but I sure hope it is not used as a political photo op.

What ???

Is there an election coming up?

Huh?

Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 11:20 am 19 Jan 12

GardeningGirl said :

qbngeek said :

I-filed said :

I had a colleague a few years ago – wondered why she drove a $1500 car when she was on a good public service wage. She had a hair-trigger temper and was roundly abusive once in the car park. Some time later I noticed her name in reference to underinsured victims of the fires.

Ahhhh the underinsured of the world. Nobody’s fault but their own, just like those who live in flood plains but have no flood coverage, but they want everyone else to pay for their stupidity.

I feel sorry for the people who were affected by the fires, but if you were underinsured that is your own fault.

UNinsured, yes. UNDERinsured, I don’t really agree, I get the feeling it’s not difficult to get caught out. For example after floods stories come out about immediate neighbours being treated differently depending on which insurance company they were with, I vaguely remember some stories about insurance companies after the fires too. I just think finding yourself underinsured is a bit different to choosing not to have insurance.

JessP said :

I am sure the people most affected by that dreadful day remember and mark it in their own way. But I am also sure that the Government will want to have a ceremonies of some description (with photo ops for the pollies who attend).

Let’s move on.

I hope peoples choice of whether they want to be left alone or want to come together on the day is respected. Unless everyone affected really wants the day completely lowkey I hope something is organised for those who do want to come together and to let them know the wider community still remembers and cares but I sure hope it is not used as a political photo op.

What ??? Is there an election coming up?

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 10:58 am 19 Jan 12

qbngeek said :

I-filed said :

I had a colleague a few years ago – wondered why she drove a $1500 car when she was on a good public service wage. She had a hair-trigger temper and was roundly abusive once in the car park. Some time later I noticed her name in reference to underinsured victims of the fires.

Ahhhh the underinsured of the world. Nobody’s fault but their own, just like those who live in flood plains but have no flood coverage, but they want everyone else to pay for their stupidity.

I feel sorry for the people who were affected by the fires, but if you were underinsured that is your own fault.

UNinsured, yes. UNDERinsured, I don’t really agree, I get the feeling it’s not difficult to get caught out. For example after floods stories come out about immediate neighbours being treated differently depending on which insurance company they were with, I vaguely remember some stories about insurance companies after the fires too. I just think finding yourself underinsured is a bit different to choosing not to have insurance.

JessP said :

I am sure the people most affected by that dreadful day remember and mark it in their own way. But I am also sure that the Government will want to have a ceremonies of some description (with photo ops for the pollies who attend).

Let’s move on.

I hope peoples choice of whether they want to be left alone or want to come together on the day is respected. Unless everyone affected really wants the day completely lowkey I hope something is organised for those who do want to come together and to let them know the wider community still remembers and cares but I sure hope it is not used as a political photo op.

poetix poetix 10:32 am 19 Jan 12

I-filed said :

Gallagher said this morning that it’s “ironic” that the bushfire 10-year anniversary is in the same year as the Canberra centenary. I am trying to work out how that is “ironic” … rather than a strange coincidence. Am I missing something?

I was thinking about a definition of ironic and wanted to check against Wikipedia. But it was all blacked out! I think that’s ironic, but I can’t be sure now.

keepitup keepitup 10:01 am 19 Jan 12

The ACT Govt could perhaps institute the “Ric Hingee award for 10 solid years of whinging”.

JessP JessP 9:58 am 19 Jan 12

Is it really necessary to have special ceremonies for every event? Couldn’t there just be one low key one, for all the people in the ACT who have killed in tragic circumstances?

I am sure the people most affected by that dreadful day remember and mark it in their own way. But I am also sure that the Government will want to have a ceremonies of some description (with photo ops for the pollies who attend).

Let’s move on.

qbngeek qbngeek 9:12 am 19 Jan 12

I-filed said :

I had a colleague a few years ago – wondered why she drove a $1500 car when she was on a good public service wage. She had a hair-trigger temper and was roundly abusive once in the car park. Some time later I noticed her name in reference to underinsured victims of the fires.

Ahhhh the underinsured of the world. Nobody’s fault but their own, just like those who live in flood plains but have no flood coverage, but they want everyone else to pay for their stupidity.

I feel sorry for the people who were affected by the fires, but if you were underinsured that is your own fault.

Thumper Thumper 8:49 am 19 Jan 12

creative_canberran said :

p1 said :

I’m pretty sure the various emergency services workers get a pretty good mention at every opportunity. Not that they are undeserving, but ‘unsung’ is an odd comment.

How many Canberrans know that that Lower Molonglo facility was defended by just 2 light units, both of which were experiencing technical difficulties due to substandard engine components?

How many Canberrans know that historic Lanyon homestead playing host to a wedding on the day was defended by a single unit as fire swept on all sides?

How many Canberrans know that the Southern Brigade managed to defend Tharwa and in the days before was advising the community on what to prepare for?

I think there’s many smaller stories that deserve to be heard.

(on a side note, it wasn’t all good, how many Canberrans know that the ESB staff were for some time planning fire fighting operations using a Cartoscope free tourist map and a Namadgi non topographic visitor map?)

Yep. I’m fully aware of all that. And more.

In fact I’m good mates with one of the RFS guys who was at Lower Molonglo sh*t works. They had a burn over while in their light-unit and were lucky to survive.

chow chow 8:36 am 19 Jan 12

I suspect it will be business as usual next year.

http://the-riotact.com/what-do-other-people-do-on-the-18th-of-january/63527

p1 p1 7:38 am 19 Jan 12

creative_canberran said :

p1 said :

I’m pretty sure the various emergency services workers get a pretty good mention at every opportunity. Not that they are undeserving, but ‘unsung’ is an odd comment.

How many Canberrans know that that Lower Molonglo facility was defended by just 2 light units, both of which were experiencing technical difficulties due to substandard engine components?

How many Canberrans know that historic Lanyon homestead playing host to a wedding on the day was defended by a single unit as fire swept on all sides?

How many Canberrans know that the Southern Brigade managed to defend Tharwa and in the days before was advising the community on what to prepare for?

I think there’s many smaller stories that deserve to be heard.

(on a side note, it wasn’t all good, how many Canberrans know that the ESB staff were for some time planning fire fighting operations using a Cartoscope free tourist map and a Namadgi non topographic visitor map?)

Fair enough. I was thinking about the firies as a group. When you start talking about individuals, there are a million stories worth hearing.

welkin31 welkin31 6:26 am 19 Jan 12

I too thought #17 Thumper put it very well –
I have a question though.
Are the events really well documented somewhere – and have we learnt the lessons ?
What sources can readers suggest. I recall years ago the ABC had a website that was in effect a sort of history of their news – sort of a timeline as the fires unfolded. I can not see that now.

I-filed I-filed 11:35 pm 18 Jan 12

johnboy said :

it’s like rain on your wedding day…

… which is definitely NOT ironic.

I-filed I-filed 11:34 pm 18 Jan 12

I had a colleague a few years ago – wondered why she drove a $1500 car when she was on a good public service wage. She had a hair-trigger temper and was roundly abusive once in the car park. Some time later I noticed her name in reference to underinsured victims of the fires.

I-filed I-filed 11:29 pm 18 Jan 12

Gallagher said this morning that it’s “ironic” that the bushfire 10-year anniversary is in the same year as the Canberra centenary. I am trying to work out how that is “ironic” … rather than a strange coincidence. Am I missing something?

Hellno Hellno 10:41 pm 18 Jan 12

Did I really make those typos?

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