On February 7th 2009, Victoria was ravaged by bushfire. There are no words to describe the devastation and the loss experienced by so many. The statistics - 173 dead, 5000 injured, 2029 homes destroyed, 4500 square kilometres of land burnt - cannot make us realise the pain of so many Australians.
During spring I took a drive up to Kinglake, to show some support to local businesses and to see the after-effects of the fires. I was amazed by the beauty of the bush with the greenery regenerating amidst the black of the burnt trees and land:
We really do live in an amazing country. And the people make it even more so. The support with which Australians provide each other - emotionally, financially and practically - is a show of the greatness of the human spirit.
Today, I ask you to remember. The land is recovering, the rest of the country has moved on. But the people affected by the bushfires are still rebuilding their lives.
One year on.