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New Year’s Eve bushfire survivors look back on a year of loss and recovery – The Guardian

After ‘apocalyptic’ blazes ravaged communities, residents fought back. Here are their stories



31 December 2019 is a date forever etched in the collective memory of the New South Wales south coast. From across the Victorian border in Mallacoota to Malua Bay, from Cobargo to Conjola, unprecedented bushfires tore through communities during one of the most destructive days in Australian history. Lives were lost, homes razed and townships devastated.
Guardian Australia visited six communities still scarred by the New Years Eve bushfires. People spoke of loss and suffering, of compassion and support,…

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