FRRR Board sees recovery first hand, visiting the Victorian Bushfire-affected areas three years on
The June FRRR Board Meeting and annual strategy day were preceded by a visit to one of the areas most severely affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
The program allowed the Board, Partners and Staff to meet and hear directly from leaders within three communities – Healesville, Narbethong and Marysville.
The projects that the group heard about included:
- Healesville Labyrinth Project
- Healesville Men’s Shed
- Cooking classes and a youth hub at the Healesville Learning Centre
- Narbethong Hall
- Marysville Men’s Shed
- Rebuilding the Marysville and Triangle Community Historical Society
FRRR CEO, Alexandra Gartmann, said the visit gave the group insights and a greater understanding of the recovery journey including the impact of FRRR’s granting and community development activities.
“It was satisfying to see the local communities so focused on economic and social recovery. It is truly inspirational and a great example of what small communities can achieve when they are supported in the right way,” Ms Gartmann said.
A special thanks to the people of this region who took time out to share their stories: Merran Macs from EACH; Healesville Men’s Shed Coordinator Alan Jones; Karen Kisala, CEO of Healesville Living and Learning Centre; Tony Thompson from the Community Recovery Committee; Jennifer Wood from Narbethong Hall; David Harrison from Marysville Men’s Shed; and Reg and Mary Kenealy from the Historical Society.