Fort expats down under grateful for bush fire messages of support

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Former residents of Fort William now living in the Australian state of Victoria say they are grateful for all the messages of support they have had from around the world.

Among them are Trudi MacKenzie and husband David, who live in Frankston, the Melbourne suburb in Victoria.

The couple emigrated along with many others from the Fort William area in the 1950s and 60s.

In fact, Frankston is home to so many Lochaber expats that its nickname is ‘Little Fort William’.

The Lochaber Times contacted the MacKenzies this week to check on how they and their neighbours were faring during the current bushfire crisis.

New South Wales and the eastern side of Victoria have been the hardest hit by the fires, many of which have been burning since September, causing a number of deaths as well as destroying homes, businesses and killing millions of wild animals.

Mrs Mackenzie told us: ‘Many thanks for your concern. The fires are fortunately a long way away from us, in the eastern corner of Victoria.

‘There has been a great loss of farms and homes and devastating impact on wildlife. It is amazing the messages of concern from people all over the globe and we appreciate that support.’