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A garden commemorates those who lost their lives or were affected by the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009.
It also pays tribute to the emergency services, volunteers, government agencies and charities that helped local residents during the Bunyip Ridge fires of the same time. Twenty firestar rose bushes, bred and donated by Rob Wakelam whose farm was threatened in the Black Saturday bushfires, were planted at the memorial. The firestar rose bushes, the official rose of the CFA, are expected to bloom in 2014 in time for the anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires. The roses are an important feature of the new memorial at the park in Bunyip.
The ceremony was held on the 6th July 2013 to present the memorial to the local community. Council officially opened the memorial in February 2014, to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires. The memorial was funded by the State and Federal Government’s Community Recovery Fund, with additional funding by Council.
The Bunyip ridge fires destroyed 31 homes, including that of Cardinia Shire resident Fred Wailes, and burned through 26,200 hectares by the time they were contained early in March 2009.
|Address:||Railway Avenue & Hope Street, Koolangarra Park , Bunyip, 3815|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.09822|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||07-February-2009|
|Actual Event End Date:||07-February-2009|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 7th February, 2014|
Bunyip Bushfire Memorial - Koolangarra Park
`Strength in Community`
In memory of all those who lost their lives, and in recognition of all others who endured loss or were affected by the Black Saturday bushfires across Victoria on or around 7 February 2009
Bunyip Ridge Fire
Thank you to those who came to our assistance :
Volunteers from near and far