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The wayside stop consisting of a shelter, seating and a storyboard was erected as a memorial to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. 

These bushfires were the most devastating in Australian history; 173 people tragically lost their lives, 414 were injured, more than a million wild and domesticated animals were lost and 450,000 hectares of land were burned.

In February 2009, the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments jointly established the $10 million Community Recovery Fund to assist in community development and recovery after the Victorian bushfires. Funding of $2.5 million was allocated for memorials and commemorative events and has supported the creation of 59 memorials across 18 councils through extensive consultation with those communities impacted by the fires. The memorials include walls, sculptures, places of reflection, storyboards, lookout towers, roadside stops, shelters, signage, murals, plaques and seating, commemorative gardens and rotundas. 


Address:Kiewa Valley Highway, Roadside stop, Dederang Gap, 3691
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.444558
Long: 147.016871
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:07-February-2009
Actual Event End Date:07-February-2009


Front Inscription

2009 Black Saturday Fire

Dedicated to the community and and all volunteers

February 7, 2009 on the day...   

2009 fire facts
17 houses destroyed
257 properties impacted
2 lives lost
Major infrastructure loss of more than 80 properties
2,000km fencing destroyed
Over 23,000 hectares burnt in the Alpine Shire including 12,860 ha of farmland
Significant amounts of hay & silage destroyed
250+ beef & dairy cattle destroyed or required emergency slaughter
Numerous wildlife required emergency slaughter
This was the first fire to significantly impact on private properties in the Alpine Shire

Fire Impact
The 2009 bushfires further impacted on the natural ecosystems of our farms, waterways and natural bushland.  The Barwidgee Creek,  Mudgegonga, Rosewhite, Kancoona, Dederang and Gundowring communities were challenged to their limits.

The weather : contributing factors
7 / 2/ 09
Temp 44ºc  Winds 30 -50 k/s  Relative humidity - 7
Very slow moving persistant high pressure system in the Tasman Sea
The longest stretch of temperatures above 35ºc since Black Friday, 1939
Black Friday 1939 over 35ºc - 15 consecutive days
Black Saturday 2009 over 35ºc - 10 consecutive days

Through a local's eyes
"I will never forget the urgency in the voices of the fire fighters on the radio as they battled to save houses, stock and property and the fear I felt for the lives of our brave volunteers including my husband and sons.  When the fire turned and headed our way the noise, the heat and the height of the flames was enormous.  Thanks to my friends Mattia and Mary, for the strength they gave me when we were on our own... before the knights in shining armour or yellow overalls arrived.  It took a lot of things away from us that day, including our serenity, but not our will to survive."

Dederang CFA Volunteer

Through a 
local`s eyes
"Maurice said the fire was coming down the middle paddock towards us.  Grant took off on his motorbike to bring the cattle back to the house.  These cattle had to walk through the fire to get back.  By then the fire had roared down to the creek and came up to the eastern side of the house.  I saw Grant reversing the tractor over the fire.  With the blade down and flames licking the undersize of the tractor, he flattened the fire out with the blade.  It came within 10 metres of the house fence."

Mudgegonga resident





Source: MA,RDV
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au