East Gippsland calling

Bonang Road, Orbost, after bushfire moved through the area. Photo: Greg Briggs.

I’m proud to have contributed to Domain’s “Road to recovery” special edition out today and tomorrow. The travel guide is designed to promote tourism in towns and communities that have been so terribly affected by the recent bushfires and covers eastern and south-eastern Australia from Bilpin in NSW to Mansfield in Victoria.

Several writers contributed to the special: Larissa Dubecki, Sue Williams, Kate Farrelly, Elicia Murray, Ashleigh Webb, Ray Sparvell, Amelia Barnes, Jessica Taulaga and Rosalie Iannelli.

My nominated patch was East Gippsland, a part of the world that I’ve had cause to write about in a recent story on bushfires and rainforests as well as in my book for Environment Victoria, People for the Planet.

Bushfires, floods, drought, and the heated political discourse around what we should be doing as a nation about global warming can feel overwhelming at times. The truth that perhaps doesn’t filter easily through mainstream media is that communities around the country are taking matters into their own hands with solar, wind and adaptive initiatives.

In the meantime, the least we can do is support those communities who have born the brunt of Mother Nature in recent months by turning up as tourists, and stocking up on all the delicious food and wine they have to offer.

You can read my story on East Gippsland below or by clicking here. For the whole 55-town article, support our newspapers by buying a copy of Domain in The Age or the Sydney Morning Herald tomorrow. Or, just click here ;).

Stay safe, have fun and eat local!

Where to eat and visit to help bushfire-affected communities in East Gippsland