Spent the day in a 2-day stuttering workshop. News of the morning was of course around the bushfires with over 130 now confirmed dead, and people’s connections to them. Two of the girls used to work down around there, visiting the schools occasionally that are being used for evacuation centres. Trying to contact the people they still know down there. Another girl was up from Bendigo hospital for the workshop. Half wanting to be back down there, but knowing there was not much she could be doing down there there wasn’t being done already.
Others have family down there. One’s father in law was being a house… only the frame was up… and the fire stopped across the road.
Others were remembering the Canberra fires, which seem small compared to these, but for those who lost their homes or the houses right next door, the memories were still of fear.