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Real stories from residents of bushfire affected areas

Bron (2012)

Bron (2012)

Bron's weatherboard home was destroyed during the fires in 2009. She and her family thought long and hard about their options for rebuilding, they wanted to rebuild something both strong and beautiful. Bron took on the mighty task of being an owner builder and ended up with a stunning result.

Julia, Mike and Otis
Julia, Mike and Otis

Julia, Mike and Otis have been through a lot in the last 18 months. Today their straw bale home stands as a symbol of their strength, resilience, sustainability - and everything they stand for.


Billy is a long time resident of Flowerdale who offers an insight in to why people love Flowerdale so much, and how important protecting the local environment is to the bushfire recovery.

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The best way to learn about rebuilding more sustainably is from people who have done it already!


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Anthony Smith, resident of Kinglake, talks about building his new Nine Star Home in the aftermath of Black Saturday.

Reece and Peter talk about what eco-resilience means for Flowerdale in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires and how it has changed them, their neighbours - and made the whole community more resilient.


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