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Bunyip Complex bushfire recovery

This page has the most recent information and updates for people affected by the Bunyip Complex Fires of March 2019.

Environment and land management recovery    Farm and business recovery  Shelterbelt guidelines and report 

If you have any recovery-related questions, our Bushfire Recovery team is available to help you. 

We're producing a newsletter to provide up-to-date information on support services and recovery projects for those impacted by the Bunyip Complex Fires

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Subscribe to the bushfire recovery newsletter

Use the above link to get notified by email each time our bushfire recovery newsletter is updated.

Read the latest newsletter here

Printed copies of the newsletter 

Copies can be requested by emailing mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au.

As part of our recent ‘Emerging from Fire’ exhibition, we sat down with Garfield North and Tonimbuk community members as they reflected on their experiences of the 2019 Bunyip Complex bushfires. 

From these conversations, three short documentaries were produced. They feature moving personal stories of loss, survival and –above all – strength, recovery and resilience. 

Thank you to Arlene, Katie, Sue and David for their insights and the courage it took to share their stories.  

Please be aware that these videos contain images, footage and details about the 2019 Bunyip Complex Fires that may be distressing for some viewers.  

Video 1 featuring Arlene Joachim

Arlene Joachim - Emerging from Fire from Cardinia Cultural Centre on Vimeo.

Video 2 featuring Sue and David McMahon

Sue and David McMahon - Emerging from Fire from Cardinia Cultural Centre on Vimeo.

Video 3 featuring Katie Turnbull

Katie Turnbull - Emerging from Fire from Cardinia Cultural Centre on Vimeo.

Sounds of the Forest

Come and enjoy a free relaxing soundscape activity. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the morning forest and listen to the birds, the wind and perhaps a frog, a kangaroo or the whispering of the trees themselves.  

Stop, listen, and breathe as you engage in quiet contemplation. 

Geoff Lockwood from Southern Fauna Resources will present on the wildlife after the activity. 

Event Details
  • Date: 28 October
  • Time: 8-10am 
  • Location: Cannibal Creek Reserve

To RSVP please email Rob Jones at r.jones@cardinia.vic.gov.au

  • Community recovery grants are available to support local projects that aim to enhance community wellbeing, connection and resilience for residents affected by the Bunyip Complex Fires in March 2019.   
  • Grants of up to $4000 for organisations and $500 for individuals are now available.
  • Grants will be assessed upon application and will remain open until December 2021 or the funds are expended. 
  • We encourage you to discuss your project ideas with a Recovery Officer.

Apply    Read the grant guidelines

  • The Community Recovery Committee is made up of  elected community members.
  • It plays an important role in identifying community needs and priorities and communicating these to Council and the Victorian Government.
  • If you have any concerns or issues you would like to raise in relation to the community’s bushfire recovery, contact the committee on 0408 563 753 or email bunyipfirescrc@gmail.com or tonyf@activ8.net.au
  • Community members can now access a wood splitter and trailer - contact the committee on 0408 563 753 or email bunyipfirescrc@gmail.com to book
  • The Recovery Team have chosen a great selection of titles, resources and story books that will assist in the recovery journey. These books can be borrowed directly from the Recovery Team by emailing recovery@cardinia.vic.gov.au  

View books and resources available

  • Lifeline: 131 114 24-hour telephone counselling, information and referral service. 
  • BeyondBlue: 1300 224 636 Provides information on depression and anxiety. To access professional counselling services, please make contact with your GP and ask for a referral. 
  • Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800 Confidential telephone counselling service for young people aged 5–25 years. 
  • Headspace: 1800 650 890
  • ParentLine: 132 289 Counselling and information for families with children (up to 18 years) from 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. 
  • Men’s Line Australia: 1300 789 978 24–hour counselling and advice for men. 
  • Safe Steps Family Violence Support: 1800 015 188
  • Family Violence support:  There is an increased risk of family violence after an emergency. Help is available by calling 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732 - confidential) or go to the Family Violence Victoria website
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