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Russell Crowe joined golfer Greg Norman and a group of Australian businessmen in a visit to one of the communities devastated by bushfires in February 2009.

The stars made a trip to Marysville in the Australian state of Victoria, one of the worst-hit areas. The “Black Saturday Bushfires” ripped through the state last year, killing 173 people and destroying over 2000 houses.

The group of businessmen has raised over $1.3 million for re-development in the area, and flew in to Marysville for a direct meeting with the community.

“It’s a matter of getting something that’s an economic benefit for the community,” businessman Andrew Fox told The Daily Telegraph. “We’re still doing all [the feasibility studies] … we feel it could be a catalyst for the rebuilding of Marysville.”

He added that Crowe was devastated by the effects of the fires and wanted to be directly involved.

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