Photos by Keith Pakenham
The book, compiled by the Mansfield Writers' Group, was launched at an event in Melbourne, hosted by the Bushfire CRC. Representatives from organisations that helped fund the book, including CFA, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and the Department of Human Services (DHS), attended the launch, together with Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron and Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin. Bushfire CRC Chairman Len Foster, AO and CEO Gary Morgan were also present.
The book describes the impact the fires had on the local communities in the Mansfield area and details the recovery and rebuilding process. It also highlights the significant cost of the fires, focusing on the effects on the community and the stories of those on the front lines.
All profits from sale of the books will be donated to local CFA Brigades. Wildfire in the High Country is available from retail outlets around Mansfield or can be ordered online via the Bushfire CRC website.