Wildfire in the High Country - stories from a high country fire
The communities around Mansfield in central Victoria have produced a book Wildfire in the High Country.
In stories, poems and personal photographs the communities have remembered the bushfires that dominated their summer of 2006-7.
The Bushfire CRC is a proud sponsor of the book along with the Country Fire Authority, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Department of Human Services.
More than 100 local residents joined with the sponsors to launch the book in Mansfield in July. The Chairman of the Bushfire CRC and local resident Len Foster was master of ceremonies for the Mansfield launch.
The book was formally launched to 60 invited guests from the broader fire industry on 28 October at the Metropole Hotel in Fitzroy.
Guests included the Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services the Honorable Bob Cameron (pictured above right, middle) and members of the Bushfire CRC Board and Stakeholder Council. The joint editors of the book, Robin Purdey and John Collyer, both spoke on how the book was helping their community to better understand and to recover from the bushfires of early 2007.
Wildfire in the High Country costs $25 and is available from retail outlets around Mansfield and via an order form, at right. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to assist local fire brigades, SES and the Red Cross.