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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

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

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

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 - January 2022

Printed copies of the newsletter 

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


  • 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. 

Business recovery workshops 

Businesses impacted by the bushfires, storms and COVID-19 are invited to attend a free business recovery workshop hosted by Cardinia Shire Council and Baw Baw Shire Council.

The workshop is facilitated by Jan Barned, one of the country’s leading small business experts and author of ‘Disaster Recovery Tool Kit.

The workshop will be held at these times:

  • Tuesday 15 March from 10am to 2pm at Walhalla Mechanics’ Institute, 98-108 Main Rd, Walhalla
  • Wednesday 16 March from 10am to 2pm at Emerald Hills Hub, 402 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald.

Lunch will be provided.

The in-person workshops will be subject to COVID19 restrictions and may be moved online if required.


There are limited spaces available and registration is essential for catering purposes – to secure your spot email Council’s Economic Recovery Officer Susie Wickes on recovery@cardinia.vic.gov.au

What the workshops will cover

The workshop will provide you with the tools to:

  • plan for future disaster events
  • address key issues following disaster events to ensure your business recovers successfully
  • use proven methods to reset your business to benefit from future opportunities
  • implement simple business improvement ideas to ensure that your business is prepared for future disaster events

Equine workshop

We’re running a free practical workshop for horse owners and equine property managers. Facilitated by Annemaree Docking of Plan-it Rural, the workshop will outline management strategies for horse properties.

Event details:

  • 10am to 2pm on Saturday 19 March.
  • At the Greens property, 398 Tonimbuk Rd, Tonimbuk.
  • This is a free event and lunch will be provided.
  • Please note that this is a dog free event.

Registrations are essential

There are limited spaces and registration is essential for catering purposes – to secure your spot email Council’s Economic Recovery Officer Susie Wickes on recovery@cardinia.vic.gov.au.  Priority access given to Bunyip Bushfire area & surrounds.

The in-person sessions will be subject to COVID19 restrictions and may be moved online if required.


  • 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

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
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