Bushfire survival should not be an individual responsibility. It should be a community concern. Maybe the death toll of this weekend’s Victorian fires will change things, but for now it seems that too often individuals were left in situations that proved fatally beyond them.

During the Mount Macedon fires people of the Macedon township and Mount Macedon took refuge together in brick hotels they could defend. Where were the refuges for people affected by these fires -- the places they could get to quickly and defend collectively?