As Aussies, we would probably take offence at being told be shouldn’t/can’t holiday at our favourite destinations, despite many of those being in bushfire prone areas AND smack bang in bushfire season. People can make of that what the want.
However, the assumption many of these places might be immune from the disaster we’re now seeing might reset some of those thoughts.
After all, the main attraction of many being the bush/beach and all the freedoms it provides from the busy city lives many of us lead and the relaxation we enjoy from them.
The destruction of many these we have seen thus far may now inevitably have a down side with reduced numbers of visitors in the future. The time it takes to rebuild structures and amenities obviously takes time and money. The time taken for regeneration of the bush and wildlife (being for many an integral part of their destination choice) will be much longer and would be depending on favourable weather.
Aside from the varying support mechanisms and donation possibilities for various organisations supporting the local community and wildlife etc, I’d like to think that in due time when things have calmed down, that we remember these places that have suffered, and try to return there with the view to supporting local business.
Whether you stay there or pass through after having stopped for a meal and a coffee/beer, spending your coin in these places will be one of the best ways of helping due to the flow on benefits of that.
For your consideration.