International award winning From the Embers short radio series and podcast returns for a second season

Amy Leiper, 10th May 2022
Community radio focuses on healing and rebuilding as communities.

The CBAA has announced that a second season of the From The Embers (From the Embers 2: Phoenix) short radio series and podcast will soon be released. Two episodes from the first series won Bronze in the 2021 New York Festivals® Radio Awards and was an inspiration for some episodes of ABC’s The Fire. From The Embers 2: Phoenix is funded by The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, The Paul Ramsay Foundation, Monash University’s Fire to Flourish program and Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative.

While the first series focused on the events and effects of the unprecedented 2019-20 Black Summer fires and their impact on various communities, From the Embers 2: Phoenix will explore the healing and rebuilding of some of those same communities after not only the fires, but also COVID-19 and floods, while also visiting other communities that were also affected by these significant events.

Abe Killian, CBAA’s Content Services Manager, said, “The first series of From the Embers was extremely popular and feedback from both listeners and participants was really positive. All nine communities featured in the series felt it helped them to heal following the bushfires. Since that time, and as they were rebuilding their communities, they have faced further devastation and heartache along with other communities when they faced floods and the COVID outbreak. Yet the worse the conditions, the stronger the community became. The resilience displayed is just incredible.”

From the Embers 2: Phoenix will revisit Mallacoota, Moruya, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island, as well as several new communities across Australia, allowing individuals and local organisations to share their stories in their own words on how they have managed ongoing and new challenges. For the bushfire-affected communities being revisited, producers will check in with residents as they rebuild their homes and lives within the region, as well as those who have sadly decided to move out of the areas because of ongoing trauma.

In the new communities being included, our local producers will look at the impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of communities – and the struggles faced due to living through the isolation caused by the pandemic, the loss of jobs, and the economic impact on businesses and lives.

From the Embers 2: Phoenix, a partnership with community radio stations, is expected to be released in June. It will be available for airplay via the Community Radio Network or you can listen on Community Radio Plus.


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From the Embers returns for a second season, returning to some of the areas hit the hardest by the 2019-2020 bushfires and visits new communities who were hit hard by severe flooding and long COVID lockdowns.


From the Embers 2: Phoenix goes to Melbourne to document how the creative industries kept communities strong during the COVID pandemic by adapting to the unprecedented circumstances.


From the Embers goes to Lismore, a NSW town that experienced severe flooding in February 2022. On February 27 2022, water inundated the town, sweeping away cars, stranding residents on rooftops and filling houses with inches of mud. In the weeks that followed volunteer hubs sprang up to feed and clothe locals forced to shelter in tents and cars as they struggle to recover with minimal support and start to clean out and rebuild their homes in the trees.