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The Forgotten Australians

From the aftermath of the worst bushfires on record, ongoing drought and then the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, regional Australia has borne the brunt of the worst year in a century.

In a PRIME7 special event – Ray Martin returns to the fire ground and meets with those trying to rebuild their lives. Who is helping the victims, or are they on their own?

These are the stories of The Forgotten Australians.

Ray Martin

Ray Martin began his 55 year career in journalism at the ABC.

Max Uechtritz

In a broadcasting career spanning more than 36 years, Max Uechtritz has been an international executive, program maker and foreign correspondent.

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Mark and Lisa Ayliffe

Mark and Lisa Ayliffe are also members of the Cobargo RFS.

Shane Fitzsimmons: Part 1

Shane Fitzsimmons was the most prominent face of the summer bushfires in his role as then New South Wales RFS Commissioner.

Shane Fitzsimmons: Part 2

Shane Fitzsimmons was the most prominent face of the summer bushfires in his role as then New South Wales RFS Commissioner.

Mick Brosnan

Michael Brosnan OAM is a volunteer charity worker and chairman of the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast and runs a Samaritan Op Shop.

Susan Alexander

Susan is a mainstay of the small town of Dargan, near Lithgow in the Blue Mountains.

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson and her husband Gordon are the publicans at the small historic old timber town at Willawarrin, in the Macleay Valley near Kempsey.

The Ayliffe Family

Six members of Cobargo’s Ayliffe family serve in the local RFS brigade. Brian Ayliffe is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected firemen.

Jan Reynolds

Ex-schoolteacher Jan Reynolds lost everything in bushfires which ravaged the hills outside Bemboka in 2018.

Zena Armstrong

Zena Armstrong is an organiser of the hugely popular Cobargo Folk Festival, which usually brings in two million dollars revenue for the district.

The New Graces

The New Graces – Melanie Horsnell, Kate Burke and Robyn Martin – are ARIA chart-topping band from Candelo in the Bega Valley.

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