"The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do." Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.
"Serious forest fires occured at Barongarook and Kennett River in January and at Myrtleford and Lorne in February.
The Myrtleford fire started just after mid-day on the 1st February, on which day the temperature in Myrtleford reached 109°F and a strong north-west wind was blowing. By 7pm the fire had extended 19 miles to the east and crossed the Kiewa River. Despite continued high temperatures, the fire was brought under control with very little further extension. A feature of this fire was the use under operational conditions, for the first time in Victoria, of the technique of aerial ignition from a helicopter to assist in backburning." Source: FCV Annual Report 1967/68
"Let us regard the forest as an inheritance, not to be destroyed or devastated, but to be wisely used, reverently honoured and carefully maintained. Let us regard the forest as a gift, entrusted to any of us only for transient care, to be surrendered to posterity as an unimpaired property, increased in riches and augmented in blessings, to pass as a sacred patrimony from generation to generation."