In a few days, it will be autumn. In a few days, Australia will farewell summer, in what has been the worst bushfire season our country has seen.
But let us not forget the turmoil, tears and tragedy our towns endured as our backyard burned.
As we welcome the raindrops and growing greenery, we mustn’t let the fury we felt just one month ago be blown away with the wind.
Watch: Andrew Constance on the mental health toll of the bushfires. Post continues below.
This bushfire season, which began in September, we lost more than 20 per cent of the nation’s forests, new research found this week. The study further confirmed the fires burned on a globally unprecedented scale.
Over one billion animals were incinerated, and koalas, among other species, are now closer than ever to becoming endangered.
These photos tell of the horror Australia suffered – still suffer – even as we head into the cooler months of the year.