As the world welcomed in 2020, small communities on the southeast coast of Australia were engulfed by bushfires.
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Video taken in Batemans Bay, facing toward towns in the south.
A few days previously, I had been holidaying on the South Coast of NSW in Narooma — my home town and soon-to-be evacuation centre for these communities.
I couldn’t believe that the view from the balcony at home, had gone from this…
…to this. All in the space of a few days.
A friend of mine, Siobhan Threlfall, comes from the South Coast regional community of Nerrigundah.
This is her story of the New Year’s Eve fires in Nerrigundah:
Update: The Threlfall family have returned home to Nerrigundah. While their house survived, not many others did. They’re still helping with the bushfire relief, fighting in the surrounding areas.
This was only one story emerging from the South Coast fires. There are dozens more on my newsfeed. Stories of heroism and community and friends pulling together.