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Doors wide open

Doors wide open

More than 150 major organisations will hold multi-day stays in bushfire affected areas with East Gippsland a high priority.Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, released details of the `Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery’ program last week, which has won enthusiastic backing from business chiefs who have pledged to hold meetings, events...
Immediate financial aid

Immediate financial aid

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) has given immediate support to those severely affected by the bushfires.While major organisations such as the Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army have come under scrutiny for the drip feed in support payments, GERF late last week had already allocated a whopping $2,179,500 of the $3,993, 395 at its disposal.Almost 1000 referrals had been...
Boosting morale after bushfires

Boosting morale after bushfires

A free concert on February 7 has been organised to give the people of East Gippsland a bit of relief, socialisation and entertainment.Organiser, Carlee Knight, has booked the Bairnsdale Racecourse and organised sponsor for Tom Curtain’s ‘We’re Still Here’ tour.“It’s a social gathering, I’d like to people to know that while we’ll have donation tins around, it’s more important for people to have a...
Wildlife left starving

Wildlife left starving

Suzi Pulis, who runs the Raymond Island Koala and Wildlife Shelter at Waterholes, is only just starting to bring back koalas and joeys that were relocated from the property during the bushfire crisis.Ms Pulis only recently purchased the historic Waterholes Guest House and its adjoining 45 acres as a sanctuary for injured wildlife.Having outgrown the Raymond Island site, the team of wildlife...
Rain brings joy and landslides

Rain brings joy and landslides

Widespread rain since Sunday has been welcomed across East Gippsland, completing the trio of the Aussie drought-fire-flood cycle.According to the Bureau of Meteorology, in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, the highest fall recorded was Stratford at 109 millimetres.Bairnsdale recorded 75mm, Bullumwaal 79mm, Mallacoota 28mm and Omeo 18mm.Aside from replenishing soils and dams, the water has caused...
Buchan melts under incredible intensity

Buchan melts under incredible intensity

Buchan resident, Jim Norling, and his friend, Judy Sturrock, were spraying water around his property in the heart of the town when the inferno wreaked its fury across the landscape.Mr Norling and Ms Sturrock had earlier been putting the chooks to bed and feeding the cockatoos and the five sheep on the property.It was just before 7.30pm on December 30 and Mr Norling was wetting down around the...

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