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Stories from the bushfire crisis

A new community radio series about the communities devastated by bushfires

Image: Matt Thane

Image: Matt Thane

The 2019–20 Australian summer brought devastating bushfires to communities across the country. Images and stories of smoke-blackened skies, burning homes and injured wildlife were shared on screens and newspaper pages around the world. Many of the affected communities are still recovering — a task made more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the Embers is a nine-part radio and podcast series from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA). It tells the gritty, real and hopeful stories of the communities affected by the fires. It takes listeners to the Adelaide Hills, Bairnsdale, Braidwood, Cooma, Kangaroo Island, Mallacoota, Mongarlowe, Moruya and Omeo.

The series was created in partnership with the Judith Neilson Institute and the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

In March 2021, From the Embers received a high commendation in the podcasting category of the Melbourne Press Club’s 2020 Quill Awards.

CBAA CEO John Bisset said: “Community radio stations are unique and valuable places for storytelling — as they draw their producing and presenting personnel from the communities served. In From the Embers, our production team were able to partner with community radio stations and their communities, to amplify their stories in their own voice.”

From the Embers returns for a second series

The CBAA announced in May 2022 that From the Embers would return for a second series, returning to several communities from series one, including Mallacoota, Moruya, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. From the Embers: Phoenix looks at the longer-term impact of  the 2019–20 bushfires as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast will also visit more communities to share new stories.

Season 1 — From the Embers

Season 2 — From the Embers 2: Phoenix

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

About the project

From the Embers is a nine-part public radio series by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia that takes listeners to the heart of the communities affected by the deadly 2019–20 bushfires.