DURING the recent Wooroloo/ Gidgegannup fire many residents disobeyed instructions from traffic wardens and returned to their properties either to mop up fires or attend to their stock.
In my case I had to evacuate twice when our place was in danger of being engulfed but crossed back ‘illegally’ on four occasions to attend to stock on our and the neighbours’ properties.Read more
A system should be introduced which indemnifies the traffic wardens from any responsibility for residents re-entering a fire zone.
Residents willing to take the risk could sign a form which exonerates the wardens and places full responsibility on themselves.
The wardens know that they have no legal authority to forbid re-entry and feel they are being derelict in their duty if they let you return.
To eliminate such acts of civil disobedience we should be allowed the choice to return when we feel it is safe to do so and when the way ahead is clear.
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