Murrindindi Shire Mayor, Cr Sandice McAulay, has spoken about the approaching 10th anniversary of the 2009 bushfires.
A Council media release said:
“On February 7, 2009, the bushfires – which would become one of the worst natural disasters in Victoria’s history – began their devastating path through Murrindindi Shire.
Mayor Sandice McAulay said it has been almost 10 years since the bushfires which saw more than 100 people lose their lives in Murrindindi Shire, and 173 lives lost across Victoria. Many homes, animals, businesses and other properties were lost as well.
“This is a difficult time for our community and other fire-affected communities across the State,” Cr McAulay said.
“More than 40 percent of our Shire was burnt in 2009. And while we have often had occasion to celebrate the progress of our towns and the recovery of our communities since then – including welcoming many new residents – Murrindindi Shire and its communities were changed forever.
“In the days and months that followed the fires, the people of Victoria, Australia and the world stood by us. We were the recipients of kindness and generosity from so many individuals, community groups, governments and businesses. To each and every one of you, we express our most sincere gratitude.
“We would also like to take a moment to again recognise the incredible efforts of emergency services personnel, including an incredible number of volunteers, who fought the fires valiantly despite the risk to themselves.
“This anniversary is a time to reflect on the extraordinary goodwill and compassion shown to us after the fires. It’s also a time to remember those who were lost,” Cr McAulay said.
“Our communities have organised a number of commemorative events and activities. Many of these events are an opportunity for those who shared an experience during the 2009 Bushfires to come together and remember. There are also a number of events and activities which members of the public are welcome to attend. You can view the details of these at www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/anniversaryevents,” Cr McAulay added.
• For those interested in attending the State Commemoration event in Melbourne on Monday, February 4, Council is considering coordinating a bus service to and from Murrindindi Shire. To find out more about this bus service or register your interest contact Council on 5772 0333 or firstname.lastname@example.org