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Media Release

AFL star to kick goals for Kimberley bushfire awareness
Friday 18 June 2010 – 4:30 PM


High profile Fremantle Dockers player Des Headland will head to Broome to kick some goals in the name of bushfire awareness this month.


The 29 year old AFL forward will promote the consequences of bushfires to school children in a bid to reduce the number of fires starting this season.


“I visit the Kimberley often and love this place more than anywhere else I’ve been,” Mr Headland said.


“I’d hate to see its beautiful ecosystems and wildlife destroyed or the people here threatened by volatile bushfires especially if they could have been prevented.


“That’s why I’m happy to talk to children on why it’s important to prevent fires from starting.” 


In previous seasons as much as 30 per cent of the Kimberley has been burnt by bushfires.


Mr Headland will visit Cable Beach Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School on June 28 as part of FESA’s Good Fire Bad Fire education program.


FESA Regional Director Rob Cox said the program aimed to teach children how some types of fires can be good for the Kimberley and how others can have bad consequences.


“Controlled burning is an example of a good type of fire,” Mr Cox said, “Early in the season we undertake controlled burns to reduce fuel loads and decrease the impact of late season bushfires. The later a bushfire starts the more volatile it can be.”


“Fires that are deliberately lit by children experimenting with lighters and matches are examples of bad fires that can hurt people and are classified as arson.


“These fires can get out of control and destroy the environment, wildlife, entire eco systems and put people’s life and property at risk.”


Mr Cox said one consequence children learnt from the talk was that in experimenting with fire they risked destroying places they liked to use such as their favourite fishing spot.


“They realise if a fire destroys that environment it spoils their own enjoyment,” he said.


The northern bushfire season runs from June to December and will be officially launched in Broome on June 28.




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