Victoria's Devastating Bushfires

Current News

Ancient Species Survived Black Saturday

An article from The Age 23/9/2010. Click the link below to find out more.

1000 Pencils

Browse the stories in this joint initiative from the communities of Kinglake and the International School of Kabul. A website that documents the best first-hand accounts of communities in disaster in both text and film.

Bushfire Recovery

View amazing images of the Kinglake National Park fire regenrations here.

Bushfire Recovery Community Bulletin - September 1st 2010

The September edition of the Bushfire Recovery Community Bulletin including the Nillumbik community news can be downloaded here.

Royal Commission Findings - The Government's response

Premier John Brumby has released an official statement on the findings of the Royal Commission report. To read the media release and browse other Government reports and response related to the Bushfire Royal Commission visit the Premier's website and view a summary of the community consultation process here.

VBRRA - 18 Month Report and News Update

The 18 moth report from VBRRA showing the reconstruction and recovery process in bushfire affected communities can now be downloaded here. The document supplies information on a range of topics including:

  • More than 2000 building permits have been issued for houses, sheds andcommercial buildings
  • More than 500 community projects have been funded or supported
  • 90% of all damaged or destroyed fencing (over 7800 km) has been repaired
  • The case management service has provided support to more than 5500 individuals and families since the fires
  • More than 1800 people have taken up the offer of free counselling vouchers
  • More than 560 businesses have been assisted by the Small Business Mentoring Service
  • More than 4500 hectares of forest have been reseeded


Take a look at the August issue of Parks Victoria and The Department of Sustainability and Environment's Regrowth newsletter.View the PDF here.

The horrific bushfires across Victoria have devastated the lives of many Victorians.
Every Victorian community has been impacted in some way by these tragic events.
What's happened to the public libraries?

The Mitchell, Yarra Plenty, Murrindindi, West Gippsland, Eastern Regional, La Trobe

City, Upper Murray, High Country, Wellington, Wimmera and Goldfields libraries are
all serving bushfire affected communities.

Many people have expressed particular concern about the Murrindindi Library Service.
The libraries in Kinglake, Yea and Alexandra are still standing. The devastated
township of Marysville was served by a mobile library.

At this stage it appears that there has been no loss of library buildings across the State
and that no Victorian public library staff have lost their lives. Sadly a number have lost
their homes and many have lost stock. The majority of services continue to operate,
although some mobile library services have been curtailed until it is safe to venture into
the area. Several libraries are helping with the provision of relief services in their areas.

Public libraries across the State stand ready to support their local communities during
the recovery process in whatever way is most helpful to individual communities. Local
Government Victoria is working with affected councils on a range of resourcing, service
and infrastructure issues, including libraries. There have been many helpful suggestions
for ways that libraries can assist in community recovery, once the immediate issues of
loss of life and property have been addressed. We will be taking these up at the appropriate
If you wish to help the most effective way is to donate to the Red Cross Appeal. Details
are at

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