New growth on blackened land
Grants are an important part of recovery, but so are smaller, less obvious supports being offered in bushfire affected communities.
“What I found outstanding and what is remarkable about the Red Cross is we had very, very tailored recovery support.”
In Nymboida that custom-made support came in the form of top up funding for the Festival of Small Halls and funds to hold mosaic classes.
A birdbath made by Norelle in mosaic class.
These tailored, individual solutions that emerge from within each community over the months after a disaster is how Red Cross supports recovery.
Green is now starting to soften the black on Norelle and David’s property.
“It’s never going to look like it did again, not in my life time anyway. It has changed, but we will plant trees, we’ll put a garden in, it will look nice and in 12 months from now it’s not going to look the same and it’s still going to look like it’s had a fire through, but it will look better and we’ll be more comfortable then.
“Anyway, we’re survivors, we’ll get there.”
And the veggie patch will help.
The fig tree, mulberry and blueberry tree are reshooting and a tomato bush is growing in amongst the branches of the dead avocado where little Poet’s placenta is buried. Norelle has made relish and sauce and given away tomatoes from that one bush.
“It’s been lovely to give back.”
And then there’s those thriving pumpkins.
They’ve given away 40, have 15 in the shed and another 15 still to pick. That’s a lot of new life from burnt soil.