I leave for Sydney in less than a month and I plan to stay for 10 days. Now I've heard the bush fires are there again. Is it still pleasant in Sydney or should I simply skip the city as destination? :(
~ The Leopard ~
Dec 5th, 2002, 09:54 AM
No, this is not a reason to skip Sydney. Trust me.
Dec 5th, 2002, 09:58 AM
Oh man I saw terrible pictures in TV, hope the firefighters win soon.
Dec 5th, 2002, 10:01 AM
Isn't there a lot of smog in the city now?
I really feel for the people who have lost their homes. Did the fires start naturally or were there stupid people who lit the fire?
Dec 5th, 2002, 10:21 AM
Most if not all were lit Hagar.
The smog is bad, but only if you have a bad case of asthma or something you'd have difficulty. It is bearable but you can see the smoke ALL around the city so it looks really doomed.
Dec 5th, 2002, 10:23 AM
Most if not all were lit??? WHAT FOOLS DO THIS? These people should be put in prison for many years. This is scandalous.
Dec 5th, 2002, 10:25 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: (almost all the summers they have this problem there...)
Dec 5th, 2002, 10:30 AM
I'm watching the news now and they've just caught and 18 male year old male in the outer Sydney suburbs who started one of the fires near an army base. He's in police custody.
Hagar, they are lit all the time, these people go out especially on hot and windy days (when fires are most vulnerable) and deliberately lits them. That is the problem.
A lot of homes and people are affected this time, hopefully the government will ACT. Arsonists are right now a bigger problem in Australia than terrorists.
Dec 5th, 2002, 10:48 AM
The news is saying that it's careless people throwing ciggarette butts out their windows.
There are unpredictable winds and they are gale force....The fires just jumped the Pacific Highway into the Karringai National Park...not looking good :-(
And yes.....these people should be put in jail...they are urging people to report any one throwing ciggarettes from cars...and they will be charged with arson.
Anyone in the Sydney area you are in my prayers...I am in Albury so not close to these fires.
Dec 5th, 2002, 06:34 PM
I was really looking forward to my trip and honestly, I feel depressed today. It's bad enough that the environment is so fu!ked up by human beings, but that there are people who lit a fire goes beyond my imagination. What a waste! I think that I am fed up today with all the bad news of the world. Blast in Indonesia, idiot Bush, idiot Bin Laden and of course noone says a word about famine in Africa because that is really getting old. :-(
Dec 5th, 2002, 08:49 PM
Hagar, you can go Sydney however, you can't go Blue Mountains where bushfires around there, unfortunately :(
Dec 5th, 2002, 09:03 PM
Alex, I arrive in Sydney on 1 January, hopefully the problems are solved by then. I feel very sad for the people that lost their houses. :-(
Dec 6th, 2002, 06:00 AM
The city centre is fine, but I live one suburb away from where the fires are at the moment and it gets pretty smokey around where I live.
One person from my school has lost their house and one of my friends house is in danger. I hope it all works out for them, but the wind isn't doing much good.
Please still come to Sydney Hagar, the city is too good to pass by.
Dec 6th, 2002, 07:14 AM
Hope they can control these fires soon!!
Dec 6th, 2002, 07:27 AM
2 people are dead now.
The fires are somewhat controlled thanks to milder weather today but the winds are still strong.
The 18 year old caught for lighting the fires is sentenced to 14 years apparently, I don't know how definite it is but he is refused bail. This is better than before when they used to get off with a slap on the wrist.
I told you they'd get serious when the public interest comes under attack. This year's fires were worse than last year's not because of the area burnt but because of the loss in property, lives and others affected. A lot of people couldn't get to work today.
Hagar, hopefully by the time you arrive we have perfect weather, no fires and are out of the drought eh? :) Hopefully.
I do think they should get tougher legislation.
Dec 6th, 2002, 07:41 AM
He has not been sentenced. He has been refused bail. He also happens to be mentally retarded.
Dec 6th, 2002, 11:53 AM
These people should be seriously punished because the consequences of their acts is huge: lives, injuries, houses, land, cattle, environment.
I need to send some of the Belgian rain to Australia, you can send some of your sun!
It's really unbalanced, isn't it... :mad:
Dec 7th, 2002, 11:40 AM
How were things today (7 December)?
Dec 8th, 2002, 09:51 AM
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Dec 8th, 2002, 10:55 PM
They're saying now that they should have them under control in the next 24 hours. Its supposed to be cooler tomorrow, so that helps.
Thankfully there aren't any in my area this year. After last year, i don't think i could deal with it again.
Dec 9th, 2002, 06:03 AM
They're better, it's cool and cloudy outside. But what we really need is RAIN!
Dec 9th, 2002, 06:11 AM
Get your bum down to Sydney and I promise you will have an exceptional time.
Summer will always bring bush fire conditions. Combine this the ever increasingy amount of fools in the world and WHAMO..... BIG NASTY FIRES. There will be more this summer because of the dreadful drought we are in, but the city in not really affected.
ENJOY YOUR VISIT!!!
Dec 9th, 2002, 08:05 AM
RAIN? Plenty of it in Belgium, though not today. I'll bring some Belgian rain with me, we've got more than enough of it.