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The stone seating walls and plaques commemorate the Black Saturday Bushfires of 2009. 

The two stone seating walls face each other with a memorial plaque, displaying a map of the region and the time that the fire reached each town, integrated into one of the seating walls.

The two seats are intended to honour the lives of the two locals who perished. Each seating wall includes an in memorium ceramic plaque.

The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009. The fires occurred during extreme bushfire-weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire; 173 people died and 414 were injured as a result of the fires.

As many as 400 individual fires were recorded on 7 February. Following the events of 7 February 2009 and its aftermath, that day has become widely referred to as Black Saturday.

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:Wallan - Whittlesea & Clarkes Road, Upper Plenty, 3756
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.4228091
Long: 145.0556325
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:Urban Initiatives & Arterial Design, William Thomas Jones & Sons Stonemasons (memorials)
Monument Manufacturer:Meridian Plaques


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:December-2013
Front Inscription

Seat 1:
In memory of David Stokes
Saturday February 7th 2009

Seat 2:
In memory of Steve Lackas
Saturday February 7th 2009

Plaque Map:
Mitchell Shire
Community Bushfire Memorial
February 7, 2009

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