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People’s Republic of Mallacoota Episode 5 (S1EP5 ABC TV Tues 3 May 2022)

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People's Republic of Mallacoota

Millions of dollars in disaster assistance are at danger as bitterly divided residents of bushfire-ravaged Mallacoota struggle to put their differences aside and agree on a rehabilitation plan that works for the entire community.

Mallacoota’s traumatised citizens launch an attack on the committee of community volunteers designated to guide the town’s recovery. Despite the increasingly toxic atmosphere in Mallacoota, residents are digging in and tackling their own recovery.

Don Ashby, an artist, is relocating to a makeshift home and preparing to publish a collection of poems inspired by the flames. Jess Van Swol, a local teacher, takes peace in the bush’s regeneration and the tenacity of her students. Brian, Kerri Warren’s uncle, has repaired his shed and reestablished equilibrium.

Meanwhile, the much-maligned committee of volunteers overseeing Mallacoota’s recovery is preparing to unveil their draught plan for public comment. In a town as sharply divided as this one, it is unavoidable that passionate debates and arguments will ensue. Millions of dollars in disaster assistance are at danger unless residents put their differences aside and agree on a recovery plan that benefits the entire town.

However, when the recovery committee invites the community to vote on over 60 proposed projects, almost anyone bothers to cast a ballot, jeopardising Mallacoota’s commitment to self-determination.

Airdate: Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 8.00pm on ABC TV.

Season 1 Episode 5