Storm Anniversary Events


 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.

The full list of opportunities to gather and connect are available below:






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

Registrations not required.

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:

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

Bookings essential

9754 2039,

For a printable list of anniversary events, click on the link below: 

One-Year-On-Storm-Anniversary-Gatherings-Calendar.pdf(PDF, 2MB)

Successful applicants

The full list of successful applicants can be found here (attachment).

Yarra Ranges Council Storm Anniversary Small Grants 2022 – List of Successful Applicants




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

Kalorama Collective


Skill-share and BBQ:

Learn new skills together and build our community connections

U3A Mt Dandenong and District

Mt Dandenong

Moving Forward Together:

Live music from The Jam Tarts Trio, coffee & cake, door prizes

Friends of Kalorama Park


Restoring our Bushland Together: community tree planting


Selby Community House


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


Yarra Junction

Catered lunch for residents of the Doon Caravan Park

Rescue Logs


BBQ to thank people that have helped Rescue Logs since the storm


Don Valley

Don Valley Resilience Development Day: Community BBQ for Don Valley residents to gather and build ideas for community resilience

Kalorama/Mt Dandenong Fire Brigade

Mt Dandenong

Get together for local brigade members and others who helped during the storms