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Bunyip Complex bushfire recovery - updated for 2021

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

If you have any recovery-related questions, our Bushfire Recovery team is available by phone or email from Monday to Friday during business hours.

Report an issue or make a request via the online forms and portals on this website. 
 

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  • 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. 

The Recovery Team has several upcoming events in 2021 for the residents affected by the Bunyip Complex Bushfire.

Recover, Reset, Renew Workshop 

Wednesday 2 June
10am – 2pm, Tonimbuk Hall

Creative Recovery Project - Introduction to Design Workshop 

Saturday 15 May
9am – 3:30pm, Tonimbuk Hall

Creative Recovery Project - Consolidating Design Workshop 

Sunday 6 June
9am – 3:30pm, Tonimbuk Hall

Community dinners - Tonimbuk Hall

  • First Friday of the month from 6pm
  • Next dinner is Friday 7 May

For more information email recovery@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
  • 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

You are going through a very stressful life event. Look out for others and if you need help, please ask for help.

If you're affected by the Bunyip Complex fire, Katerina from Monash Health is available to speak to via phone, online or in-person. Katerina is our  Bushfire Recovery Psychologist and can chat to you about taking care of your wellbeing along the recovery journey.

To make an enquire or a booking with Katerina, phone 0417 055 638 or email Katerina.Volny@monashhealth.org

  • 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