Author Archives: joanwebsterOAM

FLAWS IN BUSHFIRE BUILDING REGULATIONS:

A planning expert has warned that houses in  bushfire-ravaged towns should not be rebuilt   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-06/bushfire-ravaged-towns-should-not-be-rebuilt-expert-warns/8166178 Anyone planning to build, rebuild, retrofit or repair home to be bushfire resistant needs to be aware of the failings in the relevant building regulations … Continue reading

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Animals need not die in grassfires

  Many animals were burned to death in grassfires last summer because their owners left them in inescapable paddocks with fence-to-fence long grass. Others were saved by owners’ humane foresight in preparing accessible bare ground refuge areas. Protective measures can … Continue reading

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Bushfire safe gardens – points to ponder

CORE DANGER/SAFETY FACTS OF FIRES IN VEGETATION: • the more dense the vegetation, the more intense the fire. • the more intense the fire, the more radiant heat, flames & ember shower • the more radiant heat, flames & embers, … Continue reading

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BOOK LAUNCH

Great launch today of my poetry chapbook, Summoning the Whirlwind (MPU). Reviews: “Joan Katherine Webster’s poems are chock-full of thingyness; of a tangible Now within time; of commonplace objects rubbed to a sacred gloss. If she summons the whirlwind, it … Continue reading

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Book launch

My poetry chapbook, Summoning the Whirlwind will be launched at the Castlemaine Library Foyer, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine, November 17, 4-6pm. It is published by the Melbourne Poets Union. Advance reviews: Joan Katherine Webster’s poems are chock-full of thingyness; of a tangible Now within time; … Continue reading

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Poetry book launch

  My poetry has been broadcast, performed and published in a variety of media since 1954 and won several awards, but Summoning the Whirlwind is my first published collection. Great advance reviews: ‘Joan Katherine Webster’s poems are chock-full of … commonplace … Continue reading

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Official bushfire safety advice admitted incorrect

The Country Fire Authority Victoria has admitted that some bushfire safety advice in its publications is incorrect. The Authority has thanked me for bringing these errors to its attention, and undertaken to appoint staff to correct them. Chief Officer Steve Warrington has … Continue reading

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