Council commemorates the 15-Year Anniversary of the 2009 Bushfires
Published on 02 February 2024
The 7 February 2024 will mark the 15-year anniversary of the 2009 bushfires, one of the most devastating bushfire events in Australia’s history.
Murrindindi Shire Council issued the following statement:
“The 15-year anniversary of the 2009 bushfires is a difficult time for many people in our communities, and across our country.”
“On this day, Council, like other members of our community, will commemorate the anniversary in a quiet and reverent way, reflecting our community’s sentiment for continued recovery and growth. We will pause and remember the 100 people who tragically lost their lives in Murrindindi Shire, and the 173 lives lost across Victoria. We will reflect upon the devastating impact this natural disaster had on our community and environment, and other fire-affected communities across the State.
“The anniversary is also an important time to remember the overwhelming level of support provided by so many during, and in the aftermath of this crisis, from the incredible efforts of emergency service volunteers and first responders to those supporting the recovery effort over the months and years that followed.
“It is a testimony to the resilience of our communities to see the renewal, growth and recovery that has occurred across our Shire following 2009. So, it is also a time to acknowledge and celebrate all that has been achieved through the determination and collaborative efforts of individuals, community groups, organisations and agencies to overcome adversity and chart a new path forward.
“To mark the anniversary, Council will be flying the flags, located at our Alexandra, Yea and Kinglake offices, at half-mast on Wednesday to show our respect as we remember those who lost their lives.
“Murrindindi Shire Councillors will also visit and lay wreaths at the six bushfire memorials in Flowerdale, Kinglake, Kinglake West, Marysville, Narbethong and Toolangi-Castella throughout the morning of 7 February. These memorials provide an opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones lost in the 2009 bushfires, as well as all those who lost homes, animals and property. They provide a space to reflect upon all the ways the community and landscape was affected by the events which began on 7 February 2009 and forever changed our lives.
“We encourage community members to recognise this significant day in whichever way feels right for you. Some community groups across our Shire have organised local commemorative events, including Foundation Murrindindi and Kinglake West Fire Brigade. It is wonderful to see people coming together to support each other."
“If you or someone you know needs some extra support during this difficult time, there is help available. The ‘Be Well in the Kinglake Ranges’ program offers free confidential counselling and phycological support for those impacted across our Shire. Visit kinglakeranges.com.au/be-well-in-the-ranges for more information. For crisis and mental health support services, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.”