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Community pulls together after devastation
Gnarabup playground after the fires

Special Report: One Year On from the Bushfires

Community pulls together after devastation

Gnarabup's Amanda Fay says the thing that sticks with her most about last year's fire was the support residents gave to those who lost everything.

“Whenever I talk about it with my friends, and it's cliché in a sense, I just think it was an amazing time to see how the community came together,” she said.

“It was really humbling and special to be a part of.”

Being surrounded by the blackened trees on a daily basis ironically hid the enormity of the disaster at times, Ms Fay said.

“It doesn't seem like a year ago and it's easy to be blind to the burnt areas,” she said.

“When I have friends visit they are still very shocked at the destruction.”

Mr Bradbury said the support of friends, family and the wider Margaret River community helped his family rise from the ashes.

“I was overwhelmed by the acts of generosity. I was reminded I have a lot of faith in people, unlike the fire authorities,” he said.

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