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Recovery stories

On this page you will find some stories of recovery from the 2019-20 'Black Summer' bushfires. They capture a moment in time during the journey of different people affected in different ways. They tell stories like that of so many around Australia and describe things people are continuing to work through or have found helpful.

While reading these stories, please remember there is no correct pace for personal bushfire recovery. Go at a speed that suits you and if you ever need help, please do not hesitate to contact us or message us via Facebook.

Navigating life after the fires looks different for everyone and there is no single journey to recovery. Seeing the choices other people make in their recovery can help you make your own decisions. As a national agency we seek to share lessons learned and community experiences.

We are adding more stories all the time. If you would like to share your experience we would love to hear from you – contact the NBRA.

Recovery in action

A child's experience of recovery

January, 2020
NSW South Coast
The pop-up mall in Mogo during its construction

BizRebuild

June, 2020
South Coast of NSW
At Bruthen, February 2020, BlazeAid Camp – launch of the Inkind Post and Wire help. Kevin and Rhonda Butler with a local farmer who lost his home in the East Gippsland fires. Credit: BlaizeAid

BlazeAid

June, 2020
Across Australia
Some of the damage caused by the Black Summer bushfires

St Vincent de Paul support

June, 2020
Mid North Coast of NSW
73-year-old Bob Aston’s new water tank being installed. Credit: Robbie Zonta

Givit

June, 2020
Across Australia
Some of the Balmoral Community Recovery Hub team

Balmoral Community Recovery Hub

July, 2020
Balmoral in NSW
Mogo Zoo, New Year’s Eve 2019. Credit: Mogo Zoo

Mogo Zoo

July, 2020
Mogo in NSW

Our creative life

August, 2020
Cobargo

Anecdote of a farmer

August, 2020
Cooma

No door is the wrong door

August, 2020
Lithgow

Kempsey on the road to recovery

August, 2020
Kempsey

COORDINARE Bushfire Recovery

August, 2020
New South Wales
Leafy the Koala recovering after the Black Summer bushfires

Koala Care

August, 2020
Healesville in Victoria
A carer looking after local wildlife on the mend from the Black Summer bushfires

Caring for Carers

August, 2020
Across Australia
Local artist Brooke Webb from Tarana performing on stage

Lithgow Live'N'Local music event

August, 2020
Lithgow in NSW
Simon Saunders owner of Time Machine Bookstore.

Time Machine bookstore, Merimbula

September, 2020
Jindabyne in NSW

When life throws another curveball

September, 2020
Bairnsdale in VIC

Natural disaster relief

September, 2020
Western NSW

Help is a call away

September, 2020
NSW
Di McQueen-Richardson and Scott Richardson, owners of HoneyBee Hives

HoneyBee Hives

September, 2020
Jindabyne in NSW

Recovery through art

September, 2020
Coffs Harbour
Chris McKnight (Director) Lyn Vaughan (Educator) Sonia Evans (Educator) Cobargo Preschool

Be You bushfire response program

September, 2020
Jindabyne in NSW
Snowy Mountain Cookies workplace

Snowy Mountain Cookies

September, 2020
Jindabyne in NSW

Recovery is a step by step process

September, 2020
Lithgow

A fun way to pay tribute

October, 2020
Cobargo