Book shares sto­ries of bush­fires

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

LESSONS learnt from the 2016 Waroona-Yar­loop bush­fires will be shared with the Ea­ton com­mu­nity on Tues­day with an au­thor talk on the book Sto­ries from the Fire­ground.

The Ea­ton Pub­lic Li­brary will host the book’s ed­i­tor Ross Le Cras and Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Tania Jack­son from 6pm to 8pm to dis­cuss the book and an­swer ques­tions.

Sto­ries from the Fire­ground con­tains sto­ries of peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing the bush­fires and was launched in Har­vey in Au­gust.

Dar­danup shire act­ing li­brary co­or­di­na­tor Dean Pitts said the event would in­clude dis­cus­sions with Mr Le Cras and Cr Jack­son on how the sto­ries were brought to­gether. Cr Jack­son said the book pro­vided an im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ment for the shire’s res­i­dents and what they went through.

“As time went by, peo­ple felt they were ready to tell their sto­ries, though they felt anx­ious,” she said.

“We will want to again thank those peo­ple for shar­ing their sto­ries.” The event will also in­clude talks from the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices about how to stay safe dur­ing and pre­pare for the bush­fire sea­son.

Mr Pitts said while the fo­cus of the night was on the book, it would also help raise fire safety aware­ness in the lead-up to sum­mer.

“We’re try­ing to cover ev­eryth- ing so peo­ple can get the full pic­ture, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing it’s go­ing to be a hot sum­mer,” he said.

“There will be an el­e­ment of things to be mind­ful of.”

Cr Jack­son said there were im­por­tant lessons from the 2016 bush­fires.

“There’s a les­son to be learnt from the way peo­ple re­sponded and re­acted,” she said.

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