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Michael Marquette’s “View From The Bridge”: Australian Bushfires a National Tragedy

by Marquette Turner

in Features, News & Views, Podcasts, Special Reports, View From The Bridge

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In what is a devastating and defining week for everyone in Australia, it is hard to put feelings into words. The somber mood around the country is all consuming and our hearts and prayers are with all those involved.

It would be inappropriate and disrespectful for me to discuss property news in the middle of what is a national disaster, and therefore this week I will dedicate my article to the memory of those who have lost their lives.

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I pray for those who have died or lost family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours, pets, livestock, irreplaceable memorabilia and property of all types. Over 150 detectives are intensifying their hunt for those involved in the callous and cowardly acts of arson that have claimed nearly 200 lives which will possibly extend to an estimated 300.

The fires have resulted in more than 6000 homeless people, in need of our total support. To have survived the experience creates a new set of challenges for all involved – the loss of all you know is something I can only imagine – it is too much for me to fully understand and comprehend.

Trying to rebuild a life after such an horrific event will require not only financial support but emotional support.

We have received messages from friends from all around the world offering their love and prayers and for that we thank you all very much. Simon Turner’s family live only 20 kilometers from where there blaze tore through Victoria. We are all thankful they were spared, however, it really exemplifies the fragility of us all.

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We have compiled a host of resources, including contacts, websites, phone numbers and advisers for those in need and for those who wish to help.

Please join Marquette Turner in donating to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal in association with the Australian Red Cross, or of course do whatever you can.  There are also many Queenslander’s who have lost their lives and their homes due to torrential floods.  Help is needed in many places.

In two days time it will be Valentines’ Day and the tradition of many people is to buy flowers, gifts or go out for dinner with that special someone in your life. Maybe this year it would be a good idea instead to make a donation.

On behalf of everyone at Marquette Turner I would like to thank the brave men and women of our emergency services who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to bring order to what is total chaos. We would also like to thank all those people who have given their time and money so generously to assist how best they can. Let’s all hope that this carnage ends quickly and the monumental task of rebuilding lives can begin.

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