Some big names have joined #AuthorsForFireys. Nick Cave has donated a signed copy of The Sick Bag Song and one of his suits, which, amazing.
Cave grew up around northeast Victoria, so it’s not surprising that he is helping out.
Also American author Cheryl Strayed has donated one of five limited-edition signed, leatherbound editions of her memoir, Wild. The top bid, as of 9am, was $2,000.
Elise Hurst, the artist behind the special illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the end of the lane, is also auctioning a copy of that book signed by both her and Gaiman.
Helen Haines told ABC24 that the economic impact of these bushfires on her electorate would be “massive”. Including, potentially, the loss of the entire 2020 vintage from some vineyards due to smoke taint.
We are a wine region. We are concerned about ongoing smoke issues and smoke taint could destroy entire vintages.
We are examining that issue particularly. These are just a few things but we are very, very concerned that this is going to take significant recovery but we’re not even at the recovery point. We are still in the acute fire face.
Worth noting that every major wine region in Australia is facing the threat of smoke taint.
Tourism has also been affected. In the Alpine Shire alone, Haines said, losses from tourism were estimated to reach $90m.
Agriculture is also struggling, with dairy farmers in the Upper Murray — one of the few dairy regions in Australia that was not on its knees due to drought — forced to tip milk down the drain because they can’t get trucks through, or lost power to refrigerate it. Stock losses in the Upper Murray, from the Corryong fire, are estimated at 1,500 cattle.
The fire situation in Victoria is calmer today, after more than 50 new fires started yesterday and last night.
There is still one emergency alert in place for the upper alpine villages around Mount Hotham — Hotham Heights, Dinner Plain, Flourbag and Davenport Village. That’s wedged in between the Abbeyard fire and other fires burning around Bundara.
Watch and act alerts are in place for the southern, western, and northern flanks of the Abbeyard fire, in the King Valley, Ovens Valley, and surrounds. There are also two watch and act alerts for the Corryong/Dunns Road megafire on the Victorian side of the border. The NSW side of the border is currently at an advice level.
All other fires in the state, including the grassfire that was elevated to emergency warning level on the outskirts of Wodonga last night, and all of the Gippsland fires, are at advice level.
After that, Albanese was pressed on whether he supported the climate protests that took place around the country, and indeed around the world, last night.
Thousands of people marched in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and London to call for the Australian government to introduce a strong policy to mitigate the climate emergency.
Albanese says the protests were an expression of people’s frustration around the lack of action on climate change but that it was important that they did so without disrupting anyone else. This seems, to me, to be besides the point, but I’ll give you the full quote:
We are a democratic society, one way people can express their views is by doing it publicly.
That is an important thing. It’s also important, can I say, that while people do that, that people not be disrupted going about their every day lives as well, because that would alienate support.
But I think it is perfectly legitimate for people to express their views in that way, as they do in writing to parliamentarians, as they do through social media, as stated by ringing the local radio station and expressing their views.