see Candobetter review here of Peter Andrews' book on Natural Sequence Farming
By Duane Norris (Natural Sequence Farming)
The present circumstances around the country pose a huge headache for Governments with devastating fires in Victoria and floods in Queensland.
Once this Australian landscape ran itself.
The fire cycle, prior Aboriginals, was once in every 300 years. Today, it is once in every 2-3 years (regardless of the cause).
Inground water and a dense cover of fire retardant, biodiverse plants once cooled the Australian landscape.
Today, our landscape is drained, dried, desiccated, barren of plant cover except for incendiaries of Eucalyptus trees waiting to vaporise like petrol tankers.
The answers to the problems we are witnessing are there for all to see...they are simple solutions. Solutions given to us by Nature and available for all to see.*
The floodwaters and fire regimes could be far better managed if only authorities understood these simple landscape processes.
The national landscape catastrophes currently facing our country need to be addressed at the highest levels including the Premier's proposed Royal Commission.
Premier, you will be inundated with experts and eyewitnesses on the ground saying this solution and that solution will be the best.
This is the only ingredient that saved lives and houses in the terrible recent events across Victoria.
We need to rehydrate the Victorian landscape like it was once.
This simple proof can be dramatically illustrated by doing a simple test.
If you purchase two copies of The Age this Saturday, soak one in the bath overnight and read the other.
Think of the copy coming out of the bath, as the landscape prior and the dry paper, as the landscape is today.
Next day, put both copies out in the Sun for a few hours. Then take a match and see which paper catches fire.
It’s as simple as that.
There are models available where this information can be dramatically demonstrated as to how our landscape once functioned under a wet rehydrated paradigm.
We would encourage you to see it for yourself.
* Peter Andrews’s books ‘Back from the Brink’ and ‘Beyond the Brink’ say it all.
 This letter was originally sent to Premier John Brumby as a 'Special Message', on 17 February 2009, by Duane Norris, Workshop Coordinator and Personal Assistant to Peter Andrews, originator of Natural Sequence Farming It is republished here with permission. If you would like to participate in the Natural Sequence Forum, go here.