Two weeks ago we watched in horror as Victoria and southern NSW were engulfed in fire. Today dreadful floods engulf Queensland and northern NSW. Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is today visiting Victoria where fires are still burning, and at the same time she is explaining measures the government is taking to support those losing their homes and businesses in the floods. Between the fires and the floods hundreds of houses, many thousands of hectares of forest and pasture lands, possibly millions of animals, both farm stock and native wildlife, have been lost.
During the extreme heat it was impossible to be unaware of the fire danger. Living surrounded by bushland, with huge eucalypts towering over our house, makes me uneasy. I wouldn't live without them, of course, because they are so beautiful, but I did find myself checking my NSW Rural Fire Brigade app "Fires near Me"quite often. Not only for my own area but those of my family and friends. We didn't have a fire, but temperatures of 46C/114F have scorched the garden and it all looks rather sad right now.
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