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RHONDA MORCOMBE, SCADDAN After coming back to the farm two days after the fire,

Fund, came from far and wide, all over Australia. The

the smell of the smoke continually reminded us of the

fund was set up and monies distributed very quickly with

devastation this fire had caused. The huge feeling of

minimal fuss. They were extremely appreciated, and

sadness for those that had lost their lives, and the sorrow

it was so encouraging. With these funds, plans were

that loved ones were feeling, was at times overwhelming.

quickly put into action to replace and rebuild the garden

Then, hearing the stories of how our neighbours were

and replace water pipes, allowing fruit trees and lawns to

saved just in time, made us feel so grateful and thankful

be revived. I am not sure what others spent their monies

other lives had been spared.

on, but I certainly was very grateful to all who contributed and made it possible for us to have a distraction - and

I was very proud of my community for the way we

at the same time make plans to repair what was lost in

came together to support each other through a very

the fire. Our local Shire was also very supportive helping

difficult time. I had never seen so many people jammed

the Scaddan Community, having meetings and plans put

in the Scaddan Bowling Club and Golf Club Rooms,

together for our new fire shed in the Scaddan townsite.

coming together just to talk and share our experiences. Neighbours called in on each other, to see how one

Today there is still evidence of that catastrophic fire, with

another was faring and generally just drawing breath.

many of our mallee trees showing signs of being burnt beyond revival, but some are reshooting. Our landscape

I was so encouraged by the responses from all the fire

has definitely changed, we can now see through our

brigades in our community. The huge undertaking of

trees to the neighbour’s paddocks.

Blaze Aid camping at Grass Patch for so many months, being there to lend a hand – not just physical help but

A special moment was when the first birds returned after

also moral support – certainly helped ease the difficult

the fire. It had been so silent and desolate without them,

time many were going through.

so it was rather profound when I heard the calls of a Mudlark as I lay in bed early one morning, about four

Donations of hay bales were well received, being used

weeks after the fire. The calls came from up in the big

as temporary wind breaks to stop the sand and dirt from

Tuart near the house that had survived, and were a very

bare paddocks being driven into our houses. The monies

welcome sound.

that were donated to those affected through the Mayor’s

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