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Hearing the voices of the impacted

Hearing the voices of the impacted

In an effort to get the right help to those who need it for bushfire recovery, chair of the newly formed Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) agency, Ken Lay, met with agricultural producers affected by bushfires in Bairnsdale last Thursday.Producers from across the region were brought together by Food & Fibre Gippsland acting chief executive officer, Dr Nicola Watts, to meet with Mr Lay who has...
Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

Clifton Creek Primary School principal, Sue Paul, hasn’t been able to inspect what is left of her school since the fires burnt it to the ground on December 30.Ms Paul, who lives in Bairnsdale, said while she hasn’t yet returned to Clifton Creek, she has been unable to escape social media and has seen the devastation of the bushfires, including images of the school.“I had parents sending me...
Limited resources against raging inferno

Limited resources against raging inferno

Buchan’s CFA captain, Peter White, remembers the afternoon the fires were menacing the township.Captain White was the sector commander for Buchan and Gelantipy and had just a CFA strike team and a DELWP taskforce under his command.The odds were stacked against Buchan and its surrounding communities from the outset.“We had three ultra planes and two tankers, that’s all we had,” Cpt White said.Cpt...
Twiggy on call

Twiggy on call

One of Australia’s wealthiest people has chipped in a whopping $70 million towards the bushfire rebuild and was in town last Saturday to offer his team of expertise.Fortescue Metal’s founder and non-executive chairman, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, has pledged the money through his philanthropic Minderoo Foundation, to help communities rebuild after bushfires in Victoria, South Australia and New...
Fencing commitment

Fencing commitment

The State Government has committed to sharing the cost of materials for boundary fencing between private and public land that have been damaged or destroyed by bushfire.In a statement issued to the Advertiser on Friday, a Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) spokesperson said the Victorian Government would meet the full restoration costs of internal and boundary fencing on private...
It’s all open in Metung

It’s all open in Metung

Despite the ongoing bushfire threat that has engulfed East Gippsland over the past few weeks, the lakeside town of Metung is open for business.A usually busy town during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Metung has been impacted with a loss of tourism seeing significant financial loss.Ian Lockwood, of Lockwood Real Estate, is opening his new shop this Thursday at 4pm on the village green...

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