Bunyip Complex bushfire recovery - new information
The latest community recovery information
This page has the most recent information and updates for people affected by the Bunyip Complex Fires of March 2019.
If you cannot find the information you're looking for on this page, visit the other bushfire recovery information page
Farm and business recovery information is available on our economic recovery page.
Bushfire recovery centre at Tonimbuk Hall
Open from Monday 1 June
Bushfire Recovery Centre
1900 Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road, Tonimbuk (view location in Google Maps)
Ph: 5629 8571
- The Bushfire Recovery Centre will reopen on Monday 1 June at 10am.
- The centre will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 10am-3pm. At this stage, lunches and community dinners are still on hold.
- We have activated plans towards ensuring the health and safety of our community and provision of essential community services. These plans are being continuously reviewed and updated as further restrictions are gradually eased. Please note: this information is subject to change at any time so revisit this web page for updates.
Visiting the Recovery Centre
When visiting the Recovery Centre, please enter through the back door (next to the kitchen) and wash your hands in the bathroom for at least 20 seconds before entering the main part of the centre.
After washing your hands, please write your name in the visitor’s book and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
There is a limit to the number of people who can be in the Recovery Centre at any one time. If the centre is full, a sign will be posted on the door and we ask that you wait at the outside seating area until you can come inside.
Please refrain from coming to the Recovery Centre if:
- You are unwell.
- You have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.
- You have travelled overseas in the past 14 days.
- You have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Access recovery advice by phone or email
If you have any recovery-related questions, our Bushfire Recovery team is available by phone or email from Monday to Friday during business hours.
Community lunch and BBQ dinners
Lunches at the Recovery Centre, community-led dinners on Wednesday nights at Tonimbuk Hall and the monthly dinners at Tynong North and Garfield North are still on hold. Please check back here for updates.
Newsletter - read and subscribe
The newsletter is updated regularly with the latest news and events for residents. If you are in the fire-affected area, the newsletter is the best way to stay up to date on information related to the recovery.
Subscribe to the newsletter by email
If you would like to us to send you an email linking to the newsletter each time it is updated, please enter your email address below.
Printed copies of the newsletter
Copies are available at the recovery centre. To request more copies, ask the Council staff member on duty.
Join the Facebook group
Volunteers working from the recovery centre have established a Facebook group for people affected by the Bunyip State Park fires, and for volunteers assisting with the recovery.
The group is for people to share recovery information and give and receive support.
To find the group, search for the name 'Bushfire Recovery Group - Tonimbuk Hall' on Facebook and request to join.
Agriculture Victoria one-on-one farm visits
Farmers in the fire-affected area can arrange a one-on-one farm visit with Lindsay Hyde, Team Leader Land Management at Agriculture Victoria.
To make a booking, email Lindsay.email@example.com or call 0400 050 223.
For more agriculture recovery information visit the Agriculture Victoria website.
Biodiversity and weed control grants
Biodiversity grants program
This grants program supports biodiversity projects on private land in Cardinia Shire. Fire-affected properties are eligible to apply.
Works that may be eligible for funding support include:
- revegetation using tube stock and local seed for direct seeding
- protection and enhancement of remnant vegetation
- weed control on private land.
The project will help protect remnant native vegetation and regional biodiversity. Threats to regional biodiversity are caused by fragmented vegetation, degraded waterways, salinity, erosion, weeds and introduced animals.
This grants program is funded by Cardinia Shire Council and managed by the Western Port Catchment Landcare network.
For an expression of interest form: Western Port Catchment Landcare Network Central Region
Weed control grants program
Next round of weed control grants open in July
Weed control grants are available to help landowners and community groups control noxious and environmental weeds on private property, both in agricultural areas and areas of high environmental value.
Funding is available for the following categories of approved weed control works:
- Purchasing herbicide (maximum $250, or $500 for community groups).
- Disposing of weed material, i.e. tip passes or skip hire (maximum $200).
- Hiring of equipment, for example sprayers, mulchers etc (maximum $250).
- Hiring contractors (maximum $250) - please refer to conditions below.
Visit our apply for a weed control grant page.
Business impact questionnaire
Please help us by filling out this short questionnaire
The information you share will help us with future planning, and help us advocate for business support and plan business-specific recovery initiatives and actions.
Community Recovery Committee members
The Community Recovery Committee, made up of 9 elected community members, plays an important role in identifying community needs and priorities, and communicating these to Council and the Victorian Government.
- Garry Burns (Garfield North)
- Tony Fitzgerald (Garfield North)
- John Fitzpatrick (Bunyip)
- Mark Hanneysee (Tonimbuk)
- Jane McLaughlin (Tonimbuk)
- Sue McMahon (Tonimbuk)
- Lindsay McNaught (Tonimbuk)
- Katie Van Egmond (Garfield North)
- Liz Wishart (Brandy Creek)
If you have any concerns or issues you would like to raise in relation to the community’s bushfire recovery, contact the committee on 0436 836 093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebuilding your community – provide your input
Ideas submitted will be considered by the Community Recovery Committee for the Bunyip Complex fires.
Use the Rebuilding Your Community online survey to send your ideas.
- 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
Parks and reserves closed due to the bushfires
Bunyip State Park
- Several areas of Bunyip State Park remain closed due to fire impact.
- Parks Victoria understands the connection the community has with Bunyip State Park, but requests that visitors please respect the park closure. Parks Victoria Rangers will be regularly monitoring and carrying out compliance in the area.
- Recent night surveys have found Greater Glider, Powerful Owl, koalas, mountain brushtails and wombats in fire-affected areas. Lyrebirds, kangaroos and wallabies are also frequently spotted in the park. Wild dog and fox control is ongoing.
- To report injured wildlife call 5960 7100
For more information and to see maps of the closed areas visit the Parks Victoria website
Garden regeneration and recovery program
A garden regeneration and recovery program in the fire-affected area is underway, thanks to a partnership between Lions Club volunteers at the recovery centre, the Bunyip Green Thumbs and Garfield Garden Group.
Since the fires, Bunyip Green Thumbs has been potting up a variety of cuttings at Bunyip Community House. The group has also organised for children from Bunyip Kindergarten and Bunyip and Garfield Primary schools to pot up daffodil bulbs donated by a local resident.
The pots will be kept at the recovery centre and given out once they start flowering.
The group also wants to help residents in the bushfire area to clear and start re-planting their gardens.
If you have a garden you’d like help with, or you would like to be a garden volunteer: Call Shirley from Lions Club on 0411 231 650 or 5629 8571.
View more recovery information
Visit the Other recovery information web page.