Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and ideas about this event. We received responses from more than 160 people which have helped inform the planning for the event.
The State Commemoration event details were announced by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on 8 January 2019. This event will complement local events, and provide an opportunity for people to gather in a central location to remember and reflect on the anniversary.
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Location: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Time: Doors open at 5pm, with all attendees to be seated by 5:45pm. The official proceedings commence at 6pm.
More event details and registration are available at https://www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires
February 2019 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, one of the most significant natural disasters Victoria has experienced. The anniversary is a time to reflect and remember the 173 people who lost their lives and to learn about how communities have come together and rebuilt.
The Victorian Government has committed $4.4 million to commemorating the anniversary through community grants, increased primary mental health and psychological support services, and a state-led anniversary event.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is seeking community input about proposed elements for the state-led anniversary event which will be held in February 2019 in central Melbourne.
We would be very grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to participate in this short survey as we would like to understand what is important to you in marking this anniversary.
How can I participate?
By completing the survey below.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the completed surveys are entirely anonymous. Please feel free to forward this survey on to other individuals who may wish to participate.
Important note: Some of the questions in the survey may raise difficult issues for some respondents. The 2009 Victorian Bushfires were a traumatic and distressing event, and anniversaries can be particularly difficult for people. Anyone experiencing problems or changes in behaviour should contact their doctor, mental health professional, or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help and support.