Remembering the 2009 Victorian bushfires

The Hume community will pause, reflect and remember the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

It was one of Australia’s all-time worst bushfire disasters - 173 people died in the tragedy and many people were injured or had their homes destroyed.

Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore said understandably, many people may find this a difficult time.

“The 2009 Victorian Bushfires devastated the State, and memories of the event still impact communities to this day,” Cr Moore said.

“In response to the devastation of this time, communities have shown remarkable resilience to rally together, recover and rebuild.

“We appreciate that people will mark the anniversary in their own way. Some will attend the events and memorials; some people will choose their own commemoration.

“However, you choose to commemorate the anniversary, this is an occasion where we need to look out for each other and encourage people in need to reach out for the support and assistance available as they need it.”

The State Anniversary Commemoration will be held on Monday 4 February at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires on Thursday 7 February 2019.

The Red Cross and Victorian Council of Churches volunteers will be available to support people attending commemorative or community events being held across the state during February 2019.

The 10 Year Anniversary projects include:

  • a Community Arts Grants Program
  • a Commemoration and Community Development Grants Scheme
  • targeted teaching and learning support for schools
  • expanded mental health and psychological support services.

Experiencing strong or physical emotions is normal when reminded of a traumatic event and strategies to help cope with these strong feelings include:

  • talking with family and friends
  • accepting that you have had a distressing or frightening experience
  • rest
  • exercise
  • seeking further advice or help, from your local doctor, mental health support services or Lifeline on 13 11 14

For more information and support services please visit www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires

Posted on 11:00 AM, 31 January 2019


Updated : 1:22 PM, 31 January 2019

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