The NSW Lake Macquarie region, 150 kilometres north of Sydney, has seen an inexplicable rise in the number of asthma hospitalisations over the last couple of years, and findings may worsen under current heavy smoke conditions.
The drive into town is long. The road is bumpy, uneven and dusty as hell. It’s hot, really hot. The outstretched copper landscape encapsulates your vision. Every river, every creek – one after the other – is dry. No puddles, no trickles – bone dry.