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Gippsland tourism slumps badly as holidaymakers stay away

He said that once it was safe the agency would do everything it could to encourage people to visit communities affected by fires. “We acknowledge that the Victorian tourism and events industry is feeling the impact of the bushfires, particularly small businesses that rely on summer trade,” Mr McClements said. …

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Marianne needs six organs to survive

“It’s pretty much the biggest transplant that any one person could undergo, but it’s the only long-term chance I have at being able to survive,” the 30-year-old Doreen woman said. At just 48 kilograms, Marianne is waif-like and tiny in stature. Her stomach is swollen and dotted with scars from …

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After the fires: Helping holiday spots overcome hidden hardships

Country groups organise raffles (at one, the third prize is a crime dinner with me. I suspect the first prize is a meat tray and the second a wine cask – use-by-date November 2016) and multinationals pledge millions. Staggering amounts are raised on social media. We are sitting at $150 …

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Family’s plea for answers as Aboriginal woman dies alone in Melbourne jail

“She was put into an observation room where someone was meant to check her every hour. They checked her at 4am, that’s what they’ve told us, then didn’t go back until 8am,” Ms Lyons said. “By 8am she’d passed away. “Why didn’t they make sure she was alright? What happened …

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Darren Weir opens up property for bushfire-affected horses

“They’re just struggling. The main thing is they’re struggling to find transport. We had one man call up and they don’t have a float because it burnt down so I think me and a few others from around Maldon are going to do a trip next week and get them …

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‘You need to be vigilant’: Weeks of fire ahead with more blazes set to merge

In the Ovens Valley, the popular tourist towns of Bright and Harrietville were exposed to ember attacks overnight, downwind from a huge bushfire on Mount Buffalo, which merged with the nearby Abbeyard fire to cover an area of over 100,000 hectares. A small crew of firefighters remained on the mountain …

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Thousands attend climate change rally in Melbourne

Melbourne’s protest – which coincided with similar rallies around the country – came despite condemnation and frustration from authorities about its timing. Authorities had urged people concerned about bushfires not to attend as it could be a “distraction” for police and emergency services whose resources could be better placed elsewhere. …

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US fireys get boots on the ground as they bolster Victorian defences

After hours in the air and two days of training, researching and acclimatising, Justine Gude can’t wait to start ‘‘digging the lines’’ in Victoria’s fire grounds. She is part of a crew of close to 70 specialists flown in from the Angeles National Forest in the US on Wednesday to …

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‘Shut Yallourn in three years,’ green group says

But experts have warned that ambitious targets will be difficult to achieve without reducing the activities of the vast brown coal burning power stations in the Latrobe Valley in the state’s east, which still supply the bulk of Victoria’s power. Federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese welcomed the news on Friday …

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How Tippy the koala saved her joey from the flames

When fire roared through the town of Gelantipy last week, vets believe a koala named Tippy guarded her joey beneath her, protecting him from the searing flames. Tippy suffered burns to her paw and singed her back, but she is expected to survive. The joey, 8-month old Jellybean, was unburnt, …

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