Climate change has been blamed for a number of environmental disasters in the country over the years, including widespread bushfires in 2009, which local media dubbed "Black Saturday." The 2009 fires killed 173 people and injured 414, with Bunyip
State Park among the areas most affected.
, by the way, is a mysterious creature said to lurk in
Only the Bunyip
is gloomy - indeed, he's MAD and he's MEAN, he declares, and he doesn't like Christmas!
Threats have eased to towns near the nearby Beechworth fire, around Healesville on Melbourne's outer eastern fringe, and from the Bunyip
Ridge and Churchill-Jeeralang fires in Gippsland.
The most notable is bad guy Sholmos Bunyip
. The turtle is saved once using a magic trick involving jelly beans, and Melvin re appears in various forms to run interference.
1946, The Bunyip
and other mythical monsters and legends, Reed & Harris: Melbourne.
Of course if you have some of those fairy stories illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite you will not be surprised to hear that Mollie's Bunyip
has a price of $3850 placed on it and the other books illustrated by the same artist would cost hundreds of dollars and if by any chance you discover any of her water-colours the price goes up to about $14,000.
Their produce is also quite cheap, with a case of 12 costing as little as R100 for the Late Picked Chenin and Bunyip
Steve Warrington, the deputy chief fire officer of the Country Fire Authority (CFA), told the AFP news agency that fires near the towns of Bunyip
and Kinglake could merge if they are carried by northerly winds forecast for Saturday.
A fire truck near the bushfire in the Bunyip
Sate Forest near of Tonimbuk 78 miles west of Melbourne
FIRESTORM: An emergency vehicle races away from a blaze in the Gippsland region of Victoria; FURY: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and, right, a fire truck in front of burning Bunyip
Sate Forest, west of Melbourne
The same was also true of greater social egalitarianism and the commitment to individual freedom, which were apparent in both societies despite the pretensions of Australian 'bunyip
aristocrats' and neo-feudal captains of industry in the USA.