Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dream become reality. Anon
Visiting Kinglake a couple of weeks ago, twelve months after the big fires, was a little overwhelming. The extent of the disaster hit with full force – and the courage of the community was humbling. As time passes grief and loss often sinks into silence. Emotional, physical and spiritual weariness can threaten even the most stoic survivor.
It is important for these people to know they are not forgotten, and that they have our support.
The Black Saturday bush fires killed 173 people and investigations continue into the deliberately lit fires.
Police have revealed they’ve dedicated more than 100,000 hours of investigative work to the case.
Detectives have taken 4,000 statements from witnesses with up to another 1,000 still expected to be taken.
This image was taken on the drive into the village – to me it symbolised the hope of new life springing up among the blackened trees …
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