Our year commences with the uncomfortable and very stark reality of the devastating bushfires which continue to blaze across our country. We have all been affected in some way by these tragic events, some obviously more directly than others, with the loss of property, habitat and life. Prior to the Christmas break, we completed and lodged a planning submission with the East Gippsland Council for one of our long standing clients, this being for a shared family retreat at Mallacoota on a property they have enjoyed for three decades of summers or more.
We woke New Years Eve to the news they were actively defending the property. Being cut off by road, escape for some family members was via chartered light planes, others deciding to stay and defend the township heavily under threat.
We are pleased to report all are now safely back in Melbourne and their property has fortunately been saved. Our thoughts are with the Mallacoota community and the mammoth effort ahead to re-group and re-build anew. We look forward to contributing to these efforts in the months to come.
If there is any good that comes from such events, it is the outpouring of support so evident throughout the community, this ought make us all proud to be Australian.
The photo above was taken by our client bravely defending their home beneath blood red skies on the morning of New Years Eve.