A bush bunker of last resort

A bush bunker of last resort

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For a suburb only 25 kilometres north-east of Melbourne’s city centre, Warrandyte is unusually bushfire-prone, and Dick Davies is taking no risks.

The suburb and its surrounding region contain vast grassy areas and a hilly topography.

Dick Davies (OAM) with the fire bunker at his home in North Warrandyte.Credit:Scott McNaughton

The area was ravaged by 1939’s infamous Black Friday fires, and several homes were lost as recently as 2014.

The 73-year-old Davies has put computers, clothing and other valuables in his bushfire bunker and is preparing to wait out today’s heat with his children in Carlton North.