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The stone reflection space commemorates the lives lost and the impact of the Black Saturday bushfires in the area in 2009. The reflection space has a stone retaining wall, bench seat and plantings and plaque.

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:Princes Highway, Victory Park , Traralgon, 3844
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.195864
Long: 146.542757
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
Designer:GHD (design)
Monument Manufacturer:Filmer Group (construction)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th February, 2015
Front Inscription

Black Saturday Bushfires
On and around 7 February 2009 deliberately lit fires devastated the Strzelecki Ranges.
11 lives were lost, many people injured, animals impacted, 32,860 hectares and 158 houses razed.

This place acknowledges the event, its effects, those who were lost and honours those who fought the fires and supported people and communities.

Rest, remember and reflect on those affected by this and other disasters.

Funded by the governments of Victoria and Australia through the Community Recovery Fund in partnership with Latrobe City Council.


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