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Black Saturday Bushfire : 29-12-2013
Black Saturday Bushfire : 29-12-2013

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford

The rotunda, featuring a memoral stone and seating, commemorates those who were victims of bushfires of Black Saturday in February 2009.

The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the 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.

One of the fires threatened the towns of Labertouche, Tonimbuk, Jindivick, Drouin, and Longwarry, and embers were starting spot fires up to 20 kilometres to the south. The fire destroyed approximately a dozen houses at Labertouche, Tonimbuk, and Drouin West.

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. The aim of the collection is to provide a complete and historic photographic record of the memorials created after the 2009 Victorian bushfires.


Address:Fisher Road, Robin Hood Reserve, Drouin West, 3818
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.087095
Long: 145.831002
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:07-February-2009
Actual Event End Date:07-February-2009


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 10th September, 2010
Front Inscription

Bunyip Ridge Fire impacted Drouin West community

Black Saturday
February 7th 2009


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