Greg Norman offers his solution for bushfire crisis
AUSSIE golf legend Greg Norman has posted an emotional message of heartbreak as Australia's bushfire crisis rages on.
On Monday night the 64-year-old delivered a 328-word statement on his official Twitter account, saying he felt compelled to speak publicly after witnessing the raw heartache endured by victims of the unprecedented bushfire destruction.
"I apologise for the length of this post and commentary from afar but seeing these images of death and destruction, the strength of the human spirit, the pure heartache and tragedy the people of Australia have endured cuts to my core and to be brutally honest exposes the stupidity of mankind," Norman posted on his Twitter account.
"I am no expert, but I am a global observer, of course, there is climate change taking place. It is happening worldwide. Australia is just one example.
"To the families who have lost loved ones and those who have lost property, to the firefighters, domestic and international, who risk their own lives for those of others, the volunteers, the local burghers who try to fight these monster infernos with a garden hose to save their property and animals, my thoughts, heart, prayers and every cell of strength I have floods your way.
I apologize for the length of this post and commentary from afar but seeing these images of death and destruction, the strength of the human spirit, the pure heartache and tragedy the people of Australia have endured cuts to my core and to be brutally honest exposes the stupidity pic.twitter.com/GpXyfddWQv— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) January 6, 2020
"To the powers to be who make decisions, wake up, open your eyes and absorb these horrific images and ask yourselves a few very simple questions, because we must learn from this cataclysmic disaster."
Norman went on to offer four strategic bushfire-combating strategies he hopes Australia's political leaders will head.
His range of strategies includes consultation with indigenous leaders.
"1) Procedures, protocols and preparations," he wrote in the 300-word post.
"What lessons have been learnt? What must be adjusted or what new should be implemented? This will happen again. Let's not kick the can down the road.
"2) Should there be a National Fire Service? Not each State being responsible for their own. Australia is on fire!
"3) Burn back. With the animal death toll approaching 1 BILLION would control burn backs in winter months help reduce this carnage? Seek the advice of Australian Aboriginals. They have been the custodians and carers of our land for over 50,000 years.
"4) maybe a refresh to the 2006 agreement between America and Australia on bushfire/wildlife cooperation.
"Fires happen in America as well and there are approx 25 firebombers in the USA. Learn and support. We must ALL help prevent this magnitude of ugliness from returning and NOT continue to operate with the mentality of suppression vs prevention!"
It comes after a countless number of Aussie sporting stars at home and abroad have pledged donations and other forms of charity as the bushfire season continues to rage.
On Monday, cricket legend Shane Warne joined Australia's bushfire fundraising drive, putting his prized baggy green cap up for auction.
Cricket fans have a chance to bid on Warne's Test cap until Friday night, with all proceeds to be donated to the Australian Red Cross to help those affected by fires around the country.
The item would rank among the most valuable mementos from the decorated career of Australia's all-time leading wicket-taker.
Sir Donald Bradman's baggy green sold for approximately $420,000 in 2003.
Bidding for Warne's cap, which will come with an autographed certificate of authenticity, hit $200,000 a tick over an hour after opening.
Warne, who joins Ash Barty, Daniel Ricciardo and many others on a long list of high-profile members of Australia's sporting community to announce fund-raising measures, suggested it was the least he could do.
- with AAP