Kinglake Bushfire Update - 17 Feb

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Subject: Kinglake Bushfire Update - 17 Feb
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:23:27 +1100
Just a quick update.


One of the photos that Ruth took at  my sister's place on Saturday is going
to be on the front page of The Age tomorrow, along with part of my sister's
story. We took many photos (and I will get around to posting them on Flickr
before long), but one in particular is excellent - Ruth took a photo of the
kangaroo standing in the ashes at my sister's place in front of the concrete
water tank. We sent the photo and a brief synopsis of the story to The Age
yesterday, and they contacted Ruth this morning and said they wanted to
interview my sister. The journalist and a photographer went out to my
sister's place today and interviewed her and took loads photos of the site.
Coincidentally, my parents were visiting my sister today too. I suspect that
it was good that there was a bit of excitement when my mum was there,
because it didn't really allow her much time to get upset.


Last Sunday a number of my sister's friends conducted a "working-bee" at
their place in Hurstbridge. They created a huge vegetable patch in the
previously overgrown garden, they converted part of the garage into a new
art studio for my sister. They spent the entire day fixing and building. My
sister was incredibly touched. My niece returned to school today, and all
her school friends turned up with new articles of clothing for her! 


The kangaroo has made an appearance at my sister's place every day since we
saw it on Saturday. He seems to look forward to them turning up with the
hay. I have let her know that roo pellets would be better (thanks Storm) and
she said that she'll pick some of those up as soon as she can. Hopefully the
picture and story will be on the front page (always subject to breaking news
overnight). My sister's name is Michele.


Paul Dodd

Docklands, Victoria



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