Sunday, February 15, 2009

How close is Kinglake to Melbourne?

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I realize now that the fires were really closer to Melbourne than I thought, judging by this photograph by David Geraghty published in Herald Sun Feb 12th. From the hilltop of Kinglake the people apparently could see the city of Melbourne and at night it must have been a beautiful sight. Kinglake, I read, does not have a lake, but was named after a Alexander Kinglake who passed through in 1870, just like Swan Hill doesn't have any hills, nor many swans for that matter!

Kinglake (including Kinglake Central, Kinglake West and Kinglake National Park, St Andrews, Cottles Bridge, Panton Hill, Hurstbridge and Toolangi) was promoted as a
mountain town with a wealth of natural attractions. Kinglake is a small and elevated settlement situated located at the top of the Great Dividing Range 61 km north-east of Melbourne's city centre via Heidelberg. So it is closer to Melbourne than Geelong is to the city.



Blogger Penny said...

Wendy, hadsnt it been a horrendous week, and fires still burning. Thank you for doing I love a sunburnt country, it does sum it up. John was doing some research into the 1939 bushfires and the same things were being said then as they are now. Burn off and clear around houses in those areas. But too many who live there now do not know how to survive a fire, something as simple as a wet wool blanket and sensible clothing helps. such a terrible tragedy.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hello Penny, Yes a dreadful week for thousands of people and scaring all of us. Our church got inspired though and gave a cheque yesterday of $10,000 to an appeal. I must have overdone it in a paragraph I wrote about 'generosity' in the Sunday newsletter!
Escape plans - we all need them. Could be that this was such a massive fireball, but seems that many people were not bush-savvy and prepared.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although Kinglake is relatively close to Melbourne, that photo doesn't depict its proximity accurately. I live about 20km south of Kinglake, so between Kinglake and Melbourne, and the city does not look that close from my house let alone Kinglake. I know you can see the city from Kinglake, but you would need binoculars to make the city look so close. I saw this photo in the Herald Sun when it was published, and wondered why they would make it look like it was closer to the city of Melbourne than it actually was. For those of us who actually live in the areas that were under threat it is almost insulting that people in the city who did not come any direct threat themselves could try to say that the fires were so close to them. Sure, the fires came close to Melbournes outer fringe but they have no idea what we went through that weekend.

2:36 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Thank you Anon for your comment. I too wondered if the photo was realistic or doctored a bit to make it appear very close to the city. Photographers ought to be honest in this story. Best wishes in recovering from the trauma of that terrible weekend.

4:00 AM  

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