Thousands of hectares still show fire effects

Twelve months ago a fire riped through 55,000 hectares of farmland near Dunedoo in Central West NSW; destroying more than 30 homes; plus numerous sheds; thousands of kilometres of fencing; water infrastructure and killing thousands of livestock. On February 9 the local Anglican Church organised a dinner to help those affected and invited Sam and Jenny Bailey to be part of the event, which was a sell-out. "Locals are still dealing with the aftermath of the fires," said Sam. "Many are rebuilding but it will take years for them to restore their properties to how they were. Hopefully my story helped inspire them to keep going despite the challenges." Many areas still show the effects of the fire; with vast areas of dead trees and bare earth; plus many homes, farm buildings, fencing and infrastructure still to be replaced. Sam and Jenny are pictured below catching up with some of the locals who attended the dinner at Dunedoo Bowling Club.