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2009 Victorian Bushfires 10 year commemoration

Published on 10 January 2019

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Yarra Ranges Council will be hosting an event at McKenzie Reserve in Yarra Glen to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires on Thursday, 7 February, starting at 5.30pm.

Residents, emergency services workers and friends and family of those affected by the bushfires are welcome to attend the reserve for a short program of speeches and performances, including Dixons Creek Primary School and the Badger Creek Women’s Choir, along with a speech from Cr Len Cox, who served as Mayor during the bushfires.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Tony Stevenson, said the evening will be a chance for the broader community to come together on the anniversary of the disastrous 2009 bushfires.

Click here for information about support during this time

“Whether you were in the Yarra Ranges in February, 2009, or came here after, the Black Saturday bushfires have had a flow on effect into so many aspects of people’s lives across our communities,” Cr Stevenson said.

“Sadly, along with the people who tragically lost their lives, there are many people whose lives have been shaped by this event and some who are still feeling the impact today.

“The anniversaries of such traumatic events can be difficult. We want this event to be a time where people can come together, be with each other, and have support as we reflect on one of the most profound natural disasters to ever hit our region.

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Councillors Jim Child, Fiona McAllister and Mayor, Tony Stevenson, at the Yarra Glen Bushfire Memorial in McKenzie Reserve.

“I encourage anyone who is having a tough time in the lead-up to this anniversary to speak to friends, co-workers and loved ones, or to contact a mental health professional or support services such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 to ensure they get the support they need.”

In the event of a Fire Danger Rating of Extreme or higher, the event will be cancelled. In the event of rainy weather, the event will be relocated indoors to the Yarra Glen Memorial Hall.

Refreshments and ice cream will be available at the event, and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic.

The Yarra Glen and District Men's Shed will host a sausage sizzle at the event, for a gold coin donation, which will go to local CFA brigades.

For more information about the event, click here.

Support information

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires is one of the most significant natural disasters Victoria has experienced.

This period is a time to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in the bushfires, and learn about how the fires changed the lives of many, and how communities have rebuilt.

People should seek help from a mental health professional in the lead up to, and during the anniversary period if they:

- are feeling overwhelmed and are unable to handle any intense feelings or physical sensations

- have physical stress symptoms

- are re-experiencing vivid flashbacks of the event and are becoming extremely distressed

- find that relationships with family and friends are suffering

- are becoming accident-prone and using more alcohol or drugs

- are experiencing other significant changes in their behaviour that would not normally occur.

People should also be aware of anyone in their personal or professional lives experiencing the above symptoms during this period.

For more anniversary and support services information, visit the Victorian Government's 2009 Fires website.

Memorials for the 2009 Bushfires have been erected in Queens Park, Healesville, McKenzie Reserve, Yarra Glen and in Steels Creek in 2013.