Maria Matthes, Bagotville

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‘I was just thinking – get me out of here, my koalas are on fire!’

When the fires hit Maria’s first concern was for the local koala population that as a FOK volunteer she’d been helping to monitor, protect and care for. Maria talks about her post fire search for the koalas, at times with the help of Bear the Detection dog, how the koalas she found fared, and Makawee’s health when she finally reunited with her two years later. 

Recordist, interviewer and editor, Jarrah Dundler. Sound designer and mixer, Chris Wesely.