From The Embers

From The Embers

In the wake of COVID-19, it's easy to forget that only a few short months ago, hundreds of communities across Australia were faced with fire and smoke, homes destroyed and one of the most difficult bushfire seasons Australia has ever seen. Not only has the rise of COVID-19 slowed recovery efforts, as the media focus their attentions on a global crisis, those who have lost everything are now also left behind. Premiering on Tuesday 28th April, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's documentary series From the Embers takes listeners to the very heart of nine communities affected by the recent bushfire crisis. From the Embers is an important reminder to us all of the essential role that storytelling plays in ensuring we allow those affected to be honoured and heal, without feeling overlooked. Created in partnership with nine community radio stations who faced the frontline of the fire, with generous support from the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and the Paul Ramsay Foundation.... Show More

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June 15, 2020 27 min
The roads to Omeo were closed as fires surged towards the small East Gippsland town. Locals retreated to the Recreation Reserve to camp in outbuildings and halls clustered around the football field. Then out of the heavy smoke, birds appeared, Chinooks and Black Hawks offering an escape to some of the community. This is the final episode of Season One of From the Embers, a nine-part series sharing first-hand accounts from Austra...
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June 8, 2020 27 min
What does a “properly defended” house look like? Is it a bunker in a hill? A mop and bucket at every corner? Do you just need a hose and access to a tap? Across Australia during the bushfire season, a repeated message is that people should only stay if they’re prepared to fight the fires, but as a bushfire approaches, even those who are most prepared, often have to make a difficult decision. The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund d...
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May 28, 2020 27 min
First, the road closed. Then on the morning of New Year’s Day, night came and the skies turned red. Images from the coastal town of Mallacoota went viral as thousands of people sheltered on the wharf, the beach and in the caravan park that overlooks the lake. And during that time, the community radio station, helmed by Francesca Winterson played on…until they couldn’t. Guests: Francesca Winterson Don Ashby Brodie Gaudion Kristin R...
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May 25, 2020 27 min
Kangaroo Island is the oldest bee sanctuary in the world and home to one of the last disease-free koala populations in Australia. At the end of 2019, two lightning strikes lit up the bushland at Flinders Chase National Park, resulting in uncontrollable firestorms that tore across the island at speeds the community had never seen before, scorching the earth and destroying animal habitats.  A warning to listeners, this episode cont...
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When a fast-moving fire started in Cudlee Creek in the Adelaide Hills, residents throughout the region had to stop, drop what they were doing and return to their homes to defend, evacuate, or take shelter. If they chose to flee to safety, they faced another tough decision - what to take with them and what to leave behind? Guests: Matt and Bec Edwards Caz Meg Stephens Credits: Producer: Lisa Burns Executive Producer and Sound Des...
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May 10, 2020 27 min
People move to Cooma for the landscape, to walk through forests, to farm, to be embraced in a small community that welcomes outsiders.  But in the summer of 2019, danger was lurking in the hills around Cooma and as the year ticked over, Cooma was visited by an unexpected disaster. Guests: Yvi Henderson Sujeed Bosco Louise Jenkins Jodi Brooks Credits: Producer Lisa Burns Executive Producer and Sound Design Sarah Mashman Productio...
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May 4, 2020 27 min
Early in the bushfire season, the town of Mongarlowe was encircled by flames and cut off from outside support.  The town was facing encroaching fires so vast and severe, that in any other circumstance support teams of extra fire trucks and crews, emergency services and much more would have been sent to aid the town - but in this season of fires, there was no extra support to give. So the town spawned a grassroots firefighting coll...
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April 27, 2020 27 min
Early data placed the number of wildlife lost in the recent bushfires at over a billion. The impact of Australia’s recent fire season on wildlife has been devastating. Before the fires hit their zenith, wildlife carers and rescuers - some defending their homes and properties at the same time, were stepping up, and strangers from around the world donated time and money, to help Australia’s wildlife. So what happens to the animals t...
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April 27, 2020 27 min
A transistor radio and couple of batteries kept people connected during the bushfires as they listened to the constant emergency alerts. But in between the official messages are the human ones. Five presenters working across two regions share their experience of the recent summer of fire and what happened when one region’s transmitter went down. Guests include: Kathy Shields from Eurobodalla Access Radio (2EAR FM) Gordon Waters - ...
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April 16, 2020 2 min
In the wake of COVID-19, it's easy to forget that only a few short months ago, hundreds of communities across Australia were faced with fire and smoke, homes destroyed and one of the most difficult bushfire seasons Australia has ever seen. Not only has the rise of COVID-19 slowed recovery efforts, as the media focus their attentions on a global crisis, those who have lost everything are now also left behind. Premiering on Tues...
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