Amanda MackinnonFirestorm – amazing viewing!

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.

A foreboding sky (pic ToniFish)

A foreboding sky (pic ToniFish)

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.

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Amanda Mackinnon

About Amanda Mackinnon

Amanda's career has taken her on a remarkable journey through science, education, international business and communication. Living in a busy male dominated household – chasing around 2 noisy boys, one friendly golden retriever, a cheeky ginger cat and her husband, it’s no wonder she finds solace in the quiet beauty of plants! Amanda writes regularly for a variety of publications and is passionate about all things happening on the little island at the edge of the world.

3 thoughts on “Firestorm – amazing viewing!

  1. Hi Amanda,
    I read this amazing book called The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage, about how the aborigines managed fire before white settlement. Our country evolved to cope with smaller less intense fires, we as a society need to reinstate how the aborigines managed the undergrowth. Apparently, there wasn’t much. That is not how our bush is now. Out of control fires like you experienced don’t need to happen. Unfortunately, governments and money rule the roost.

  2. Bill Gammages book is a must read for anyone. The ramifications are massively disruptive to the way we have managed our “natural” environment.

    There is nothing natural about it.

    The Greens are running around like headless chooks as a result.

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