From the Embers 2: Phoenix - Framing Disaster - Ep 3

Amy Leiper, 24th May 2022

Two years after the massive fire that tore through Mallacoota, a tiny coastal town in Victoria, the camping grounds are full again, koalas can be spotted in the crowns of eucalypts and the landscape is green with epicormic growth.

But the town is dotted with empty lots where houses once stood and the new green growth only hides the blackened trunks. Photojournalist Rachel Mounsey documented the approach of the bushfire and the aftermath, focusing her camera on the people who lost their homes amidst the devastation.

From the Embers, Season 2 Episode 3 Guests:

  • Justin Brady
  • Brodie Cummingham
  • Kate Jackson
  • Rachel Mounsey
  • Jiya Rose Nation

Images from Episode 3.

Burnt canopies in Mallacoota 
Burnt canopies burnt melaleuca on the coast line of Mallacoota - photos by Sarah Mashman.

From the Embers, Season 2 Episode 3 Credits:

  • Producer and presenter: Sarah Mashman
  • Engineer: Tegan Nicholls
  • Theme music by Oliver Beard
  • Music from Blue Dot Sessions
  • Production management team: Abe Killian and Sime Knezevic

'Framing Disaster' was made on the unceded lands of the Gunai Kurnai people and the muwinina people from Country around nipaluna.

From the Embers Season 2: Phoenix is supported by The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and IdeasThe Paul Ramsay FoundationMonash University’s Fire to Flourish program and The Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative and broadcast across Australia via the Community Radio Network, and available to listen on Community Radio Plus.

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