From the Embers Podcast - Stories from the Bushfire Crisis

From the Embers - Shelter at the Beach - Ep 7


First, the road closed. Then on the morning of New Year’s Day, night came and the skies turned red. In Episode 7 of the podcast series From the Embers, Mallacoota locals recount the terrifying days of summer 2020. 

Images from the coastal town of Mallacoota went viral as thousands of people sheltered on the wharf, the beach and in the caravan park that overlooks the lake. And during that time, the community radio station, helmed by Francesca Winterson played on…until they couldn’t.

From the Embers documentary series takes listeners to the very heart of nine communities affected by the recent bushfire crisis. The communities of the Adelaide Hills, Bairnsdale, Braidwood, Cooma, Kangaroo Island, Mallacoota, Mongarlowe, Moruya and Omeo share their stories. In the wake of COVID-19, it's easy to forget that only a few short months ago, hundreds of communities across Australia were faced with fire and smoke, homes destroyed and one of the most difficult bushfire seasons Australia has ever seen.


  • Francesca Winterson
  • Don Ashby
  • Brodie Gaudion
  • Kristin Rule
  • Kate Jackson


  • Producer: Anne Wall
  • Executive Producer and Sound Design Sarah Mashman
  • Production Management Team Vicky Rouse and Abe Killian
  • Engineering Tegan Nichols
  • Script Consultation Zoe Ferguson
  • Theme Oliver Beard

This podcast has been brought to you by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and is supported by The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and The Paul Ramsay Foundation.