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They just needed somewhere to park a few caravans! Seemed simple enough. Over the next 116 days, 164 volunteers arrived and cleared 917km of fencing. Many of us have much more to thank Blaze Aid for than just fencing – they were mending lives and families as they went about their fencing. They also found something special in our wonderful community – they received greater assistance and generosity here than they have ever seen in Blaze aid camps before. Something we should all be very proud of. Throughout this whole ordeal I felt torn between needing to be at home, providing the critical support for my family, staff and local community and being in Esperance as the Deputy providing wider community recovery support. I will always be grateful for the tremendous support I received during this challenging time from family, friends, neighbours and Shire Staff. Adversity often brings out the best in people, and in this instance it certainly did.

We are a strong, proud

and resilient community who have fought nature’s fury together. We have all learned from this experience and will all be changed in some ways.

IMAGE: ADAM CLARK | pg 29

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