Important tribute 10 years on
NEXT February marks the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.
For the Alpine Shire the Black Saturday bushfires were one of the worst natural disasters ever seen.
Almost a decade on, the events of that summer and their effects are still experienced every day by many in the region and the 10 year anniversary will be a time to reflect and remember the 173 people who died across the state, including Mudgegonga’s John and Sue Wilson.
It will also be an occasion to learn about how the fires changed the lives of so many families and communities.
For perhaps the last time ever, the Victorian Government will again offer funding to support anniversary activities to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires.
Jan Mock, who spent time on the Alpine Resilience Committee and is now organising funding applications for the Alpine Shire, is encouraging affected locals to make the most of the grants.
“I think it’s really impor- tant if a community wants to do it to look at where they have come from and their recovery from the devastation of 10 years ago,” she said.
“Their recovery has not given them back the old normal but they have now developed a new normal and that should be celebrated.”
Community groups within the Alpine Shire are able to make an application to council for what they want to do with funding available up to $5,000.
“I have had some people say they want to have a photographic exhibition, some say they want to have a memorial or some seats put in an area they have developed,” Ms Mock said.
“Others just want to have a get together or a meal as a community where they can share their memories and talk about plans for the future.
“It’s always important for a community to come together but especially for an issue like this it is vital.”
A full application with a budget included has to be filled out and returned to Jan Mock by October 8 so that they can be compiled and submitted to the state government.
For more information visit www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires.html or call Jan Mock on 0401 064 030.