Read the transcript for Episode 8 of the Voice of Real Australia podcast: Bawley Point Brigade's New Recruits Take the Fight to Bushfire Fears

Tom Melville
By Tom Melville
Updated December 8 2020 - 4:00am, first published 12:33am

Tom Melville 00:00 Hello, and welcome to Voice of Real Australia. Each episode we bring you people, places, and perspectives from beyond the big cities. I'm Tom Melville. This week we're continuing our series on fire affected communities one year on from Black Summer. We're going back to the South Coast, and speaking to residents of Bawley Point, many of whom were forced to evacuate to the beach as fires bore down on their homes. Bawley Point residents seeking comfort after Black Summer have joined the local RFS. The brigade has seen an influx of new recruits - particularly women and teenagers - looking for a way to help their community and to battle bushfire fear. Doug Dingwall works for the Canberra Times. He was on the South Coast in December, 2019, at the height of the fires. He went back recently to find out what's changed in Bawley Point, a town of just 700.

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Tom Melville

Tom Melville

Host, Voice of Real Australia

Originally from Canberra, Tom Melville worked for the BBC in the UK and as a freelancer in Tunisia before coming to ACM. He is the host of ACM's national podcast Voice of Real Australia. urlgeni.us/VORAPod

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