Date: January 01, 2020 05:17AM
Australia is burning. In Mallacoota, a little coastal town in the Gippsland area of Victoria, 4000 people are stranded on the beach.
211 kilometres away (131 miles) another little town called Buchan (well known here for its caves) was completely encircled by fires and several hundred people were reportedly camped in the football ground and local pub, including my firefighting son-in-law who, until tonight had not been heard from for several days.
With Christmas, New Year and school holidays in full swing these towns are a great attraction for tourists and from several reports over 30,000 tourists and 45,000 local residents were evacuated from these areas before the roads were closed.
In the meantime, my brother who lives at Lake Burrill 330 kilometres (205 miles) north of Mallacoota in New South Wales, had fires come to within 1 kilometre (about half a mile) of their house and were without power and landline communication for several days.
The fires mentioned above are only a small proportion of the fires burning in every one of our six states and according to News.com.au ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate that over 480 million mammals, marsupials, birds and reptiles have been lost in the fires since September 2019.https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/half-a-billion-animals-perish-in-bushfires/news-story/b316adb4f3af7b1c8464cf186ab9f52c
According to Microsoft news, The Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army are organisations that are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires.
No mention of the Mormon Church of course. No doubt when all the hard work has been done by other organisations, members of the one true church on earth will don their yellow helping hand vests, daub a little ash on their faces and walk through the ruins posing for photo shoots as they hand out their little hygiene bags.
What a missed opportunity for some real publicity, what a missed opportunity to show that they are truly a “Christian” church. Or is it? Maybe some of the higher up mucky-mucks will don their yellow vests and pose for a photo shoot as they hand over a cheque for $10 million dollars. That’s surely not a great deal when you have $100 billion stashed in your back pocket.