Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Our Solace by the Sea; Fire Victims on Welcome Break

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Our Solace by the Sea; Fire Victims on Welcome Break

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Byline: Carly Morrissey

A SEA change to Rainbow Beach for Victorian bush fire victims Liz Hoffman and Callan Hughes on the date marking one year since the devastating fires in 2009, has helped the couple to move on.

Both Ms Hoffman and Mr Hughes were affected by the wildfires but luckily weren't there when they swept through Strathewen where their homes were lost.

But taking the holiday on the national day of mourning was only a coincidence.

They arrived at Rainbow Ocean Palms on Sunday and spent three nights relaxing and taking in the ocean views.

Mr Hughes said the anniversary wasn't areally that significanta and aeveryone is dealing with it every daya.

Rather than change the date so it didn't fall near the anniversary, Ms Hoffman said she took it as a part of moving on to come up and enjoy themselves, marking the milestone in their own way.

She is grateful for the holiday and said she appreciated the whole tourism industry.

They both want to come back again. …

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