The Monthly

October 2020

All of us, if we stop and think about it, know that life can turn in an instant. That what we value can suddenly be shattered. But truthfully, who really expects it to happen to us? Let alone our entire community.

On the last morning of 2019, a Tuesday, people in the small coastal hamlet of Conjola Park, on the New South Wales South Coast, could be forgiven for thinking there was little to worry about. For five weeks, the out-of-control Currowan bushfire had been burning its way up the coast towards them; it came menacingly close before Christmas, but by year’s end, the danger seemed to have passed.