Earlier in the year I shared some of my experiences with bushfires. As with many other parts of the country, Tasmania had a challenging summer with widespread fire activity. Clean up and rebuilding continues in many parts of the state, most notably in the small rural hamlet of Dunalley where many homes where lost. This little fishing village is just 20 minutes down the road from where I live and it’s a constant reminder of the threat of fire and how lucky the community was to come through the fire with no loss of human life.
The Guardian newspaper in the UK has just released an amazing multimedia presentation of the Tasmanian fires, particularly focused on the story of the Holmes family. Many of you will recognize the image of the grandmother huddled under the jetty in the water clinging to her 5 grandchildren. That one photo became the image of the Tasmanian fires.
Watch ‘Firestorm’ when you have a spare half an hour. It’s compelling viewing and really brings the event to life. You’ll have goose bumps on the back of your neck and it’s hard to watch parts of it if you’re a parent, but the courage and positive attitude of the family involved is truly inspiring.
Firestorm also raises some hard truths about fire management for the future, particularly in and around Hobart. I am looking forward to your reactions and the discussions this could open.
Watch at Guardian.co.uk