Morwell after the mine fire: fear, anger and an independent streak

In the lead-up to the Victorian election, a group of Morwell residents are hoping to model Cathy McGowans successful campaign in Indi and turn around the fortunes of the town

Morwell after the mine fire in pictures

For 45 days, the town of Morwell in eastern Victoria was blanketed with smoke and ash and fear, as the states worst coalmine fire burned out of control just a couple of hundred metres away.

Now, residents gather on chilly evenings to talk about politics: about the towns 14,000 people feeling abandoned by the state government and its agencies until weeks after the fire started; about the decades of neglect of one of the states poorest and sickest regions; about the failure of major political parties to invest in industries apart from mining and power generation; and about standing an independent candidate in Novembers state election.

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