The headline from the Bairnsdale Advertiser May 25 screamed "Road Reserves are Bushfire bombs" in yet another article calling for the clearing of roadside vegetation -- this time from a public meeting of the East Gippsland Wildfire taskforce chaired by Craig Ingram MP. The ever present David Packham was there too -- a member of the Stretton Group who have provided much of the "burn burn burn" commentary since the Black Saturday bushfires.

It was likely that groups like this fuelled the attacks on "greens" or "greenies" blaming them for a lack of fuel reduction burning that was directly linked to the fires that killed people in Gippsland, Kinglake and Marysville.