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Support farmers and keep a vital fire trail open before lives are lost

National Parks and Wildlife Services are closing down the majority of the firetrails in their parks.  These roads are essential to help fight fires, save properties, and save lives.  Please help us keep the only remaining fire trail open to protect our property and our families lives. The Back Story:  David Flinter and his wife Kerrie own an Organic Macadamia farm situated on the Mid North Coast of NSW off the Comboyne plateau.  They have dedicated 36 years of their lives to establishing an organic sustainable farm and raising their four children.  The certified organic farm backs onto the Killabakh National Park and their main access road travels 5kms through the park. Both David and the national parks maintain the dirt road when it is needed. About two years ago the macadamia farm and the National Park was in danger of close approaching fires so David decided  to do some maintenance work on a small side road that was previously used to fight fires in 2002. The road is half on David's property and half on the National Park. This road is also used by David to access the back of his 600 acre property.    David is now being sued by National Parks for clearing a road that they have categorised as being a dormant trail. David was never informed of the changes to this road. By David trying to do the right thing to protect his farm he is now being forced to pay over $20,000 in legal costs which is still ongoing and costing more money.  We need to keep this fire trial open and have the road formalised by National Parks and Wildlife Services. We continue to see out of control fires across Australia which destroy properties and take people's lives. We do not want to see this repeated on our property. Please sign the petition to get the life saving firetrail formalised!   Thank you for your support.     
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