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Caring Rotorua community welcomes Australian bush fire victims 

July 10, 2009
Caring Rotorua community welcomes Australian bush fire victims

Destination Rotorua, the Rotorua District Council website reports today that - Some of the people affected by the recent Australian bush fires are visiting Rotorua this week, courtesy of local radio station, More FM, and Rotorua District Council's tourism arm, Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing (DRTM).

The visitors arrive today (Thursday 9 July) and will be in town until July 14. DRTM has arranged accommodation and a range of activities for the group.

Local hotels, motels and transport and tourism operators have come on board offering free or discounted services, and several restaurants are providing discounted meals.

The project was initiated by More FM following extensive New Zealand coverage of the Victorian bush fires.

Everyone has been affected by this tragedy, including many Rotorua residents, MediaWorks Rotorua operations manager Paul Hickey says.

We believe this appeal provides an opportunity for locals to show how caring our community is, by reaching out to some of the victims of this tragedy.

Editors Note: GoSee drove through the Kinglake area in Victoria, Australia five months after the fire storm.

Here are impressions of winter in the hills after the bushfires.

Words of pain, pride, caring and courage Strathewen Victoria Australia
Words of pain, pride, caring and courage Strathewen Victoria Australia
A strange, sad silent land Kinglake Black Spur Ridge
A strange, sad silent land Kinglake Black Spur Ridge
Aussie  pride still flies high
Aussie pride still flies high
Gone but not forgotten
Gone but not forgotten
Jayco Sterling becomes home near Kinglake
Jayco Sterling becomes home near Kinglake
Strathewen Primary School
Strathewen Primary School
This was  hell
This was hell
Amazing. The  house survived
Amazing. The house survived
Remembered
Remembered
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