Im­por­tant trib­ute 10 years on

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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