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. Not only has the rise of COVID-19 slowed recovery efforts, as the media focus their attentions on a global crisis, those who have lost everything are now also left behind.
The From the Embers Podcast premiered on Tuesday 28th April. The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's (CBAA) documentary series From the Embers, 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.
Gritty. Real. Hopeful.
From the Embers is an important reminder to us all of the essential role that storytelling plays in ensuring we allow those affected to be honoured and heal, without feeling overlooked. Each episode explores a different theme.
Episode 1, ‘Radio Saves the Day’, reveals just how important local radio can be for communities, delving into exactly what occurs if a transmitter burns down during a crisis.
Episode 2, ‘Home and Housed’, looks at the millions of animals endangered by the bushfires and the people who tried to save them.
Episode 3, ‘Mosquito Army’, explores just how far a community will go to protect their town. Episodes will then be loaded weekly on a Tuesday to the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's (CBAA) and to the pod feeds. How to Listen
From the Embers is created in partnership with nine community radio stations who faced the frontline of the fire, with generous support from the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and the Paul Ramsay Foundation.