Alison Mahar can’t wait to plant trees in her garden this weekend. Last summer Mrs Mahar and her husband Shaun lost everything when their house was totally destroyed by vicious Scotsburn bushfires.
Their block is still empty – they are still waiting to secure building permits before they can start to create the foundations of their new home, but a generous donation from Leigh Catchment Group Landcare means the seeds of their new garden can be sown.
Landcare has played an integral role in supporting properties in the Scotsburn area in their recovery efforts after the fires of last summer.
On Thursday the Corangamite CMA board undertook a regional tour of bushfire affected properties in the Scotsburn area.
Corangamite CMA Chairman Alice Knight said that the Corangamite regional Landcare program had provided much needed assistance to property owners impacted by fires last season.
“Projects like these will play an important role in supporting our natural assets to recovery after fire events and in strengthening community resilience. Landcare has provided support to not only Russell and Marie, but many other property owners affected by fire,” Ms Knight said.
“We have provided help in tangibles such as tree planting and environmental advice, and perhaps more importantly have delivered activities that bring the community together.
Mrs Mahar said the chance to plant a garden would help the family begin to move forward.
“I still have down days, but on the other side we are starting to look forward to a new house,” Mrs Mahar said.
“It’s a really weird feeling – sort’ve hollow.”
She said greenery had begun to sprout in the area and generous Landcare donation would help the area to to return to its past beauty.
“If we didn’t get those trees donated, we wouldn’t ben planting them because it is not something we would be able to afford,” Mrs Mahar said.
“To be able to have the trees growing again is a sign of new life.” Landcare has also supported local school students plant over 300 trees.
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