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What of those with no future to smile for

Letter to the Editor, In Wednesday's Bay Post they had a story about a couple from Moruya who were going to rebuild after the fires. "A future to smile for". I wish them well. My story is the same as many others. I am one of the many that won't rebuild. It has been four months since my home was burnt to the ground. Four months of waiting and waiting for all the red tape. Forms and more forms. Insurance, Recovery applications, Council phone calls, surveyors, builders, more insurance issues, more estimate issues, more regulations and requirements. My neighbours are just the same. We are fed up. We are fed up of the drip feed and the politics. None of us intend rebuilding. There is no future to smile for. Our insurance doesn't cover a rebuild of what we lost. It doesn't replace what we had. To add insult to injury we can't afford the increase in insurance premiums and the bank won't lend if it can't be insured. It was nice to read the story of the couple with a "A future to smile for". One story of 500 people who lost everything in the shire. But what about the ones who don't have a future to smile for? Where are their stories? Or do they remain conveniently untold? Name and address supplied

Image: Unsplash "by Ian Espinosa

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