Eighth November : the Kian road fire 2019 / Carrolline Rhodes.

By: Rhodes, Carrolline [author.]
Contributor(s): Nambucca Valley Council [issuing body.]
Publisher: [Macksville, New South Wales] : Nambucca Valley Council, [2021]Copyright date: ©2021Description: 280 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), colour maps ; 21 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780646836003; 0646836005 (Trade Paper) :Other title: 8 November : the Kian road fire 2019Subject(s): Nambucca Valley Council | Fire management -- New South Wales -- Nambucca Heads | Forest fires -- New South Wales -- Nambucca Heads -- Prevention and control | Natural disasters | Disaster control and fire protection law | Australian
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-274) and index.

Annotation. Among Australia's many bushfires since European settlement, some have been written into history books under headings such as Black Friday or Black Saturday. The New South Wales bushfires during the 2019/20 summer cannot be described in terms of a day, a weekend, or even a week: this was a black summer. In the Nambucca Valley that black summer began around noon on 8th November and from the Mayor down, none of its 19,000 residents had any idea that they were about to experience the area's worst natural disaster. Some were in town shopping, others were having an early afternoon sleep, and suddenly there it was, an out-of-control fire bearing down on their homes and everything they held dear. Many scrambled to get back home to save what they could. Others loaded pets and precious papers in their cars, some walked terrified horses almost 20 kilometres to safety. Many barely escaped with their lives. From all over Australia and from across the world, word spread on social media. Phones rang, families cried together, people were changed forever, and it is this lived experience that is on every page of this account. It isn't often that a community is given a voice. It is even less common for a shire council to acknowledge people's right to tell it like it is, but here in this small regional area, Nambucca Valley Council has done exactly that. The Mayor, Councillor Rhonda Hoban OAM, describes the publication as capturing the Valley's people in all their diversity. From greenies to old school farmers and everyone between, people comment on hazard reduction burning, its pluses and minuses, on the loss of native animals and habitat, on their fears for the future in a world facing the effects of climate change - and then there are those who say global warming is a conspiracy.The Mayor says the book made her cry and it made her smile and she added that those two things together can be described as the perfect book.

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