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City to mark 2009 Victorian bushfires 10th anniversary

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The City of Greater Bendigo will hold a free community event on Saturday February 9, 2019 to mark the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Residents are invited to enjoy morning tea at the Bendigo Bushfire Memorial at Albert Richardson Reserve on Marong Road from 10am to 11.30am.

City of Greater Bendigo Coordinator Resilient Communities Frances Ford said the bushfires devastated Victoria, including parts of Bendigo.

“In Greater Bendigo there were two significant fires on February 7, 2009. One started in Redesdale and another started in Bracewell Street, Maiden Gully,” Ms Ford said.

“About 4km² of land was affected by the Redesdale fire, while the Bracewell Street fire spread across 330ha and threatened much of urban Bendigo. It was also responsible for the death of one resident, the loss of over 60 homes and damage to over 120 properties, so more than 600 people were directly affected by the fire.

“The 10th anniversary community event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the fires on our local community, as well as the changes and long term recovery that has occurred since that time.

“It will be a lovely morning of music, memories and morning tea and everyone is invited to attend.”

A range of community partners have had input into the development of the event to ensure it provides a dignified, respectful and moving opportunity for the community to gather and reflect.

The event will include guest speakers, an official welcome to country by the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, a tree planting ceremony, performances by local school children and others.

The event has received funding from the Victorian Government’s 2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration Grants program.

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