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Help Your Children Make Sense of Natural Disasters

Document with advice for assisting your children to learn and cope with natural disasters from Michael Grose and Parenting Ideas here.

A Great Relief

Liz Tilley, a survivor of the January 2003 firestorm in Canberra, has collated some tips for survivors.

General & Specialised Information

Victorian Bushfire Legal Helpline 1800 113 432

Independent community websites:


The City of Boroondara is proud to offer Hamer Court Accommodation to those persons displaced by the recent Victorian
bushfires. This facility offers good quality, medium term or respite living accommodation in a secure environment, close to
public transport. Each room requires individual key access and is equipped with an ensuite. Information in the attached document.

Community Newsletters

The Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority's regular newsletter, Recovery Update.

The Victorian Government has centralised its information and services on the Victorian bushfires to the Information Victoria website.

The Nillumbik Shire Council Community Bulletin is a regular update and has concise and current resources to help those affected by the bushfires.

The Murrindindi Recovery Newsletter provides current information for those in the Murrindindi Council area affected by the bushfires.

The City of Whittlesea Bushfire Community Update is a source of information and updates for Whittlesea residents affected by the bushfires.

The St Andrews community have created a website with information for those affected by the bushfires, Bush Fire Reconstruction.

Counselling - contact information for counselling services

Local Road Closures
All Victorian road closures are updated on the VicRoads website.

State Coroner's Office of Victoria - Information for those affected online here.


Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) - Arts Recovery Quick Response Fund is available for application to support local artists to work in their communities on projects that contribute to the recovery effort. More information here.

Grants For Fire Affected Communities

Bushfire Housing Website

Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria information for the replacement of lost documents here.

The National Library of Australia is responsible for documenting cultural and historical events relating to Australia and Australian people. Given the national significance of the Victorian fires, the Library would be very interested in acquiring related printed ephemera (programs, brochures, invitations, posters or other printed materials) which may have been produced for the recovery response. Please send any ephemera to the following address:

ATTN: Ephemera Officer
Australian Collection Development
National Library of Australia
Parkes Place

Diamond Valley College had dates throughout March for donated and reconditioned bikes to be collected by bushfire affected families. These dates have since past, however we recommend people call 9434 7142 for further information. This initiative has been in association with Bicycle Victoria and Bicycle Superstore.

For Businesses


Australian Institute for the Conservation or Cultural Material
Advice for salvaging materials after a disaster, or view the PDF brochure How Can You Salvage Your Family's Precious Belongings?.

Northeast Document Conservation Centre
Preservation and Emergency Management leaflets.


Technology Supporting Bushifre Relief update

Research & Reference


Wikinorthia - stories and history of Black Saturday recorded by people affected by the bushfires.

Created in response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires, STORYBOARD provides you with a creative space to share your photos, videos, artworks and stories with others who have been affected by this devastating event. An ongoing project, STORYBOARD is also a safe place to archive your precious images and record local histories.

The State Library of Victoria has created an online Research Guide to bushfires, Bushfires in Victoria. This guide provides advice on how to research and find information about Victorian bushfires from 1851 to the present, including books, government reports, websites, statistics, newspaper reports and images.
The Library has responded quickly to public demand and made important Victorian Government bushfire reports widely available by publishing them online.

Newsletter of the Association of Eastern Historical Societies Inc. May 2009 Issue

Images of Strathewen Fires

The Yarra Plenty Library Local History Blog has a recent post relating to fires in Victoria's history.

See image slideshows of the bushfires here and here.

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