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I work in an arts organisation which administers grants to regional artists. One of my colleagues said yesterday that she had a phone call from an artist from Marysville (a town completely razed by fire this weekend) saying that she had posted her grant application Saturday morning but the post box had been burned down and could she re-submit it?! She was worried that she didn’t have the original documents because her house had been completely burned to the ground.  She wondered if she could have a few more days to rewrite the whole thing (her computer had been burned as well of course) and that she was determined to keep the project going!  Don’t know if that’s testament to the determination of artists, the determination of Australians, or a bit of both!

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