Fire recovery photo exhibition launches at Holbrook

Tumbarumba shed fire damage.

A photographic exhibition focusing on recovery after the Black Summer bushfires is to tour the Snowy Valleys.

An exhibition of fire recovery photos from the Dunn’s Road, Green Valley and East Ournie Creek 2019-20 fires will first go on show at Holbrook Hall on January 26, 29 and 30.

Dates have not been set due to the constantly changing Covid-19 situation, but it is planned that the exhibition will tour Tumut, Adelong, Batlow, Talbingo, Tumbarumba, Khancoban, Corryong and Walwa, and perhaps also, depending on community request, Gilmore, Cudgewa, Jingellic, Lankey’s Creek, Lucyvale, Nariel, Oberne, Thowgla, Tintaldra, Tooma, Towon, and Yaven Creek.  

Organiser Lorraine Hurlston, of Tumbarumba Camera Club, said the exhibition would create a reason for affected people to gather, share experiences and talk about the rebuilding of their lives, provide a positive look at recovery, share with others an understanding of fire trauma and recovery within its protracted time frame, and also provide opportunity for local groups, communities and recovery agencies to participate in barbecues, morning or afternoon teas, etc. 

A similar, smaller exhibition was previously held at Artists on Parade in Tumbarumba.

Mrs Hurlston came up with the idea of a bigger exhibition which took in outlying areas, including the whole area affected by the Dunns Road-Green Valley fire.

“We started collecting photos in January last year,” she said.

“We got about 3000-odd from 130 photographers, and these were made into 150 photos for the exhibition. We will have area highlights for a about 30 areas, with 40 to 60 photos for each area. All the other photos will be put into a long area slide show, so we have historical records. There will also be a photo book, although this will not be ready in time for the Holbrook exhibition.”

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