Remembering the 2009 Victorian Bushfires

One of the memorials to the 2009 Victorian bushfires

Bendigo, 6 February 2019: February 7, 2009 is a day forever etched in our memories. A decade on from this profound tragedy, our thoughts are with thecommunities, emergency management personnel, and all of those who suffered as a result of Black Saturday and the days that followed.

It is a time of reflection, as we remember the lives, the homes and comforts lost.

At the same time, we are heartened by the regeneration of the land and communities. Despite the incredible challenges and ongoing impacts, communities have found the strength to rebuild, regenerate and re-create. Each step has taken courage, spirit and belief and it is this same fortitude that will see the fire-affected communities thrive long into the future.

The lasting legacy of those very long days will never be forgotten, but just as we have over the last 10 years, FRRR and our donor partners will be there to support those affected as you honour the past but look forward.

FRRR knows long-term community recovery takes time, and that needs evolve and so too has FRRR’s support. Programs like Stronger Community Foundations, School and Beyond, Community Group Futures and Grants for Resilience & Wellness have all played an important role in assisting the fire-affected communities get back on their feet.

Support will continue to be available to these communities, thanks to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

A number of the 10th Anniversary commemorative activities have been supported with these Funds. This includes concerts in Arthurs Creek and Balook; commemorative service and community dinners in Boolarra and Traralgon South. Jeeralang North will also hold an event, while a community arts project and exhibition will take place in the Kinglake Ranges.

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