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By PAULA THOMPSON and
FARMERS affected by the
recent Bundaleer Forest
fire are able to access
Federal Government disaster
National Farmers' Federation
president Jock Laurie urged
them to do so.
"What we know from years
of droughts, floods and fires is
that our Australian farmers are
extremely resilient and willing
to help each other out in times
of need," he said.
"What they are not always so
good at doing is putting their
hands up when they need
assistance -- so we urge those
that have suffered losses to
access the financial support
Mid North landowners in the
district are still counting the
cost of the blaze.
The fire destroyed more than
2500 hectares of grazing land
and forest and the cost of live-
stock lost amounted to tens of
thousands of dollars. But those
affected say the incident could
have been far worse.
Jamestown farmer John
Malone, Maleer Red Poll stud,
lost 280 hectares in the fire.
"We've got property in the
forest, but luckily we didn't
lose any stock -- they were
moved out in time," he said.
Mr Malone said that while
some of his fencing losses would
be covered by insurance, others
would not and he was still work-
ing-out the repair costs.
Landmark Jamestown real
estate agent John Batten has a
block of land in the Bundaleer
forest that was severely impact-
ed by the fire.
"While we didn't lose any
buildings, machinery or live-
stock, we lost about 12 kilome-
tres of fencing, quite a lot of
which was new or fairly new,"
"My land has got a lot of
bluegums on it, and I estimate
I've lost a third of the trees on
Northern Areas Council
mayor and retired farmer Denis
Clark said he had never seen
anything like the Bundaleer
blaze in his 50-plus years in the
"The fire burnt some of the
oldest trees in the Bundaleer
forest, trees from the early to
mid-1900s. Once you've got a
fire burning in 20-metre pine
trees, it's not safe for anyone to
be near there," he said.
"You couldn't give enough
praise to the CFS units and vol-
unteers -- they've just done an
Mr Clark said it was very
lucky the fire did not cause a
lot more damage.
"Apart from replacing fenc-
ing and piping, and the loss of
livestock, there were no build-
ings of any significance that
were lost," he said.
Jamestown farmer Leith
Cooper has a grazing lease on a
section of Bundaleer forest
where the fire went through.
He had 1500 head of sheep in
the area and lost about 400 of
He said that although he
would have to replace fencing,
he was relatively fortunate.
"I have a shearing shed and
sheepyards that were right in
the path of the fire, and they all
survived," he said.
CFS state coordinator Malim
Watts said SA was the driest it
had been in the past five years,
so the fire risk was still very
Adding to the risk was the
cooler summers experienced in
the past two seasons with more
rainfall, leading to increased
native vegetation growth.
"From a fire-management
point of view that means more
biomass has been growing and
is available to be consumed,"
Mr Watts said.
"But while I say that, fires are
part of the landscape and we
need to understand that and if
we live in part of the landscape,
which we do, we need to make
sure we have a bushfire-sur-
There was nothing that could be done to stop the Bundaleer fire in
many areas but damages could have been worse.
Recovery payments available
Destroyed 2500ha of grazing
land and forest, livestock lost
Survival plans work
Britain hails Woodside cheese
Wrights has been
recognised as a world-
The company entered
its Wakame blue
cheese, made from
local ingredients and
adapted from a tradi-
recipe, into the World
Cheese Awards. It was
named one of the 55
The awards, run by
Britain's Fine Food
Guild, included entries
from more than 20
Woodside Cheese man-
ager, head cheesemak-
er and owner Kris
Lloyd was "absolutely
delighted" that her
cheese stood out
among 2700 entries.
"People say that
Australian cheese is no
good, but obviously
some of the judges in
the UK thought it was
okay," she said.
The company has
entered the competi-
tion for the past three
Ms Lloyd said she
always thought they
had a chance of win-
ning, given the quality
of cheese they pro-
She started Woodside
Cheese Wrights from
scratch 14 years ago,
and said the award
was excellent publicity
for the Adelaide Hills.
cheese is one of the
cheeses and is six
months old. It will be
available through the
Wrights cellar door,
open seven days a
week from 10am to
4pm, and selected
South Australian and
Wakame blue cheese is
made from local
ingredients and adapted
from a traditional
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