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Generosity of spirit on show in bushfire crisis as Vinnies launches fire disaster appeal

“DISCIPLESHIP in action” is how a parish priest described the selfless contribution of Queenslanders who witnessed their homes surrounded by bush fires, yet took action to help their neighbours. At Peregian Beach in Noosa District Parish, Fr Jason Middleton thanked local Catholics for their generosity of spirit assisting others, as fire raged around them. “They took people into their homes, ... Read More »

Fire, floods and disaster – the call to be good stewards needed more than ever

IN the wake of Townsville’s “once in a century” monsoonal deluge, a leading ecologist warns extreme weather linked to climate change has the potential to dramatically shift the way Australians live and work, and force governments to ramp up resources to combat emergencies. “We’re seeing things we haven’t experienced before,” Macquarie University distinguished professor of biology Lesley Hughes said. Prof ... Read More »

‘Devastating’ fires hit region, Rockhampton bishop praises the spirit and generosity of volunteers

THE courage of firefighters battling to save lives and property has been recounted by a priest as Queensland turns to recovery after a fortnight of scorching conditions classified as “catastrophic” for the first time. “This was like hand-to-hand combat,” Finch Hatton parish priest Fr Don White said, describing how volunteer firefighters fought intense flames to defend their town of 260 ... Read More »

Devastating bushfires stir community spirit in coastal areas across Central Queensland

DAYS of bushfires burning in coastal areas across Central Queensland have destroyed homes, torn through thousands of hectares of bush and farmland, and forced more than 1500 residents to evacuate. However, amid heatwave conditions, the loss and worry, the spirit and deeds of smoky-faced volunteers has inspired entire communities. “The whole community is pulling together with this disaster,” Agnes Water ... Read More »

Country spirit rises from ashes of NSW fires

MICHAEL Quade knows well how people in small country towns stick together in tough times, and he’s being reminded again as his school community rallies to support a young family whose house was destroyed by recent bushfires. Mr Quade is acting principal at Sacred Heart Primary School in Coolah, one of the communities that bore the brunt of bushfires that ... Read More »

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