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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  Events

The Emerging from Fires Exhibition at the Cardinia Cultural Centre is opening on Friday 5 August and will run through until Sunday 11 September.

The exhibition will feature  both amateur and professional photographers, as well as residents, emergency responders and any other individual who captured the fire event or its response, relief, or recovery efforts. 

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

Subscribe to the newsletter by email

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 - July 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. 

For info visit the Community recovery events page 

  • 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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