The extreme storm event on 9 and 10 June 2021 had a devastating effect on many Yarra Ranges residents and communities.
The impacts continue to be felt by people who experienced damage to their homes, gardens, communities, environment, and wellbeing.
After consultation with community groups, Yarra Ranges Council offered small grants to enable community-led gatherings to support community wellbeing between Friday 27 May and Friday 24 June.
While some people do not wish to dwell on the date of the 1st anniversary of the storm event, others have expressed the need to gather, reflect on shared experiences, and/or thank people who helped.
Council allocated a total funding pool of $5,430 for existing not-for-proﬁt community groups and small community organisations located in storm impacted Yarra Ranges communities to host small free events/activities.
To ensure that there is support for impacted communities, Council along with storm recovery agencies are offering four small gatherings for residents to connect.
U3A Mt Dandenong and District
Moving Forward Together - Live music from The Jam Tarts Trio, coffee & cake, door prizes.
Farndons Hall, 42 Falls Rd Mt Dandenong.
Sunday 19 June, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Registrations not required.
Contact – Janice, 0400092143
Friends of Kalorama Park
Restoring our Bushland Together: community tree planting.
Lower car park of Kalorama Park, Yosemite Rd, Kalorama.
Sunday 19 June, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Contact Alex, 0402 703 379
Bring gloves and a trowel if you have them.
Kalorama/Mt Dandenong Fire Brigade
Join the Kalorama/Mt Dandenong CFA for a coffee and snack, a chat and catch up with local brigade members and local community.l
Kalorama/Mt Dandenong Fire Brigade, 33 Ridge Rd, Mount Dandenong
Sunday 19 June, 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Booking not essential. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selby Community House
Kids finding their courage through art – mandala art therapy workshop for kids aged 9+ years.
Art Studio, Selby Community House, 2/1 Minak Rd, Selby.
Wednesday 22 June, 4.00pm - 5.30pm
9754 2039, email@example.com
For a printable list of anniversary events, click on the link below:
The full list of successful applicants can be found here (attachment).
Montrose Township Group
Community afternoon tea to commemorate the ways the community came together to support and care for one another during the storms.
Mums of the Hills
Reconnecting to our forest: Community nature walk focussing on connection, wellbeing and reconnecting to our local landscape
Olinda Community House
Storm Stories: Chat over a cuppa and guest speaker - Michelle Dunscombe from Jeder Institute who was involved in community recovery in Kinglake after Black Saturday
Anglican Parish of Mount Dandenong and Anglicare Victoria
Small BBQ to gather and thank people who helped during and after the storm
Skill-share and BBQ:
Learn new skills together and build our community connections
Moving Forward Together:
Live music from The Jam Tarts Trio, coffee & cake, door prizes
Restoring our Bushland Together: community tree planting
Kids finding their courage through art: mandala art therapy workshop for kids aged 9+ years
More than a Book Club
(auspiced by Selby Community House)
Opportunity to gather, talk, connect, share stories whilst making paper art
Mt Dandenong Preschool
Dinner for volunteers and members of the Mt Dandenong Preschool community
Catered lunch for residents of the Doon Caravan Park
BBQ to thank people that have helped Rescue Logs since the storm
Don Valley Resilience Development Day: Community BBQ for Don Valley residents to gather and build ideas for community resilience
Get together for local brigade members and others who helped during the storms