Tasmanian bushfire recovery is far from over

A YEAR after Tasmania suffered through its worst bushfire crisis in 40 years, the recovery effort is far from over.  

At Molesworth, 22km from Hobart, the Red Cross has been working closely with the local primary school to develop lesson plans for students coping with the trauma of fires and preparing for future emergencies.  

On the first anniversary of the fires that destroyed more than 200 properties, Red Cross Recovery Co-ordinator Rebecca Newton said providing emotional support remained top priority.  

 "Anniversaries are often a time for reflection on how life has changed, stirring up feelings of sadness and regret," Ms Newton said  "While recovery is long, complex and often an emotional journey, we have been impressed by the strength and resilience of the local communities affected by the fires."  

Late last year, an inquiry into the January 2013 bushfires provided the State Government with more than 100 recommendations.  

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings committed $1.5million to develop a warning system that would ensure people in bushfire threatened communities were alerted earlier.  


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