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Rachel Faggeter

Rachel Faggeter
Interviewed on:
8 March 2023
Interviewed by:
Alex Watkins


  • Huge column of smoke with very defined edges - Rachel Faggeter
  • Poor Joan Hammond - Rachel Faggeter
  • They had been told south eastern Australia had burnt to the ground - Rachel Faggeter
  • Knee deep in fabulous wildfires - Rachel Faggeter
  • This was the great focal point - Rachel Faggeter
  • FULL STORY - Rachel Faggeter
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Rachel was a resident of Aireys Inlet when she returned from the town to her property on Gilbert Street and saw a huge column of smoke rising into the sky. She was evacuated to Geelong, and even though her house survived, the loss of property and the challenges faced by her friends left a lifelong impression on her.

The regeneration of the natural world was the key factor in helping Rachel cope. Aireys Inlet was a place she had known and loved until that point as ‘a very scruffy little township.’ The fire brought about physical and social changes to the district that were sometimes challenging for the community to navigate.

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