A GLENMAGGIE couple are slowly getting their lives back on track after January’s Aberfeldy bushfire ripped through their property.
Michael and Mary Higgins of Glencourt, Glenmaggie, saved their home, machinery sheds and one hay shed, but lost their shearing shed, all the fencing on the 700 acre property, 400 round bales, about 95 per cent of pasture, cattle yards, about 40 sheep and three horses.
The fire hit their property at 10.15am on January 18, and the family had prepared as best they could, working through the previous night moving machinery to bare ground near the Macalister River, shifting hay bales and building fire breaks.
The couple’s sons helped before and during the fire, son Matt Higgins helping prepare the property and Eddie helping defend as the blaze hit.
Mary said Ray Randall, a local man in his 70s, also turned up to help, after talking his way through a police roadblock to help out.
The couple run Angus cattle as well as sheep and just days ago a sort of normality returned with shearing under way.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.