During the CCK08 course we spent a good deal of time talking about groups, networks, communities and collectives. Thereafter we discussed complexity, chaos and randomness. This week in Mongarlowe all these concepts merged in our community’s response to a bush fire.
A fire is burning in the Budawang Forest and yesterday our community was briefed by the NSW Rural Fire Brigade about the potential dangers of the fire breaking containment lines.
Source: ABC News
We are fortunate that Mongarlowe has its own Bush Fire Brigade. Many of our friends in the community are members of the Brigade and I have had my application to be a volunteer accepted.
Living in a caring community (real and virtual) is very important to me and this week’s events have reconfirmed the observation made by Karen Stephenson that:

Reciprocity is key to the power of networks, the alchemy of mutual give and take over time turning to a golden trust…

Amongst those in the line of the fire are Gail Nichols and Suzanne Bellamy.
The weather has changed today and the forecast is for a cooler two days. This provides an opportunity to develop more containment lines and gives us more time to clarify what is important in our lives.
29 January bulletin and ABC news report



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