Archive for March, 2009

Community Recovery Committee Forms

A community meeting was held on Monday 30/3/2009 at the St Andrews CFA starting at 7.30pm to keep the community updated on all information available in the recovery phase of the fires. At this community meeting there was a call for expressions of interest in forming a recovery committee. This committee will be of limited numbers to allow it to be of workable numbers. A facilitator will assist the community in narrowing the applicants to a number of around 8-10 members for the committee. There will be many opportunities for those not on the committee to have input through their fields of expertise which will be needed. The incoming committee will also be required to set up terms of reference for the recovery committee.

The draft terms of reference and expression of interest forms are available at the St Andrews General Store or can be down loaded from here



Please return completed forms to the St Andrews Recovery Centre

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Bushfire Recovery Contact List

An effective and efficient way to communicate with residents affected by the bushfires is an important step in community recovery. We are collecting details of residents who are interested in receiving information about meetings, community bulletins, re-building process, planning, fire awareness, grants, the Royal Commission, site clean-up, events, accommodation, case management system, services etc. Council may also use the details to make contact with you regarding your particular circumstances to assist in the recovery process. If you would like to opt in to receive information from Nillumbik Shire Council relating to bushfire recovery. The forms can be found at the St Andrews General store or downloaded from here:


Please return completed forms to the St Andrews Recovery Centre

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INVITATION from Merrigum Historical Society

The Merrigum Historical Society would like to invite anyone who has gone through the bushfires to come and have a day out at our annual Heritage Day on Sunday 5 April between 11 am and and 3 pm.
On Heritage Day the Society puts on show various pioneering crafts and skills.  This year the range includes sleeper cutting, blacksmithing, hay baling, milk separating, blade shearing and machine shearing, vintage engines, re-tyring of buggy wheels, wood-turning, cross-cut saws, damper making, butter churning, lace-making, washing and ironing, spinning, patchwork, button collection, photo preservation and horse drawings.
The Echuca Historic Car Club will have vintage cars on show.
Lollies, etc are available for purchase.
Merrigum is a small town west of Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley, in now-dry irrigation country.  The town boasts a milk bar and hotel.
We are offering free entry (normally $5), and a free BBQ lunch. The Society had hoped and tried very hard to provide a free bus to bring bushfire survivors up for the day, but this hasn’t worked out.  We’d welcome anyone who wishes to come under their own steam.  Just arrive and say where you’re from.
The Society can be contacted at 5855 2213 or at <>


Merrigum Heritage Day flyer 2009

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The Tool Shed is Operational!!!

The Tool shed at the St Andrews relief centre is now up and running. It is located in the bottom car park behind the centre.

As of Saturday it had most of the basics –  rakes,shovels picks etc as well as a good selection of small tools, hammers screwdrivers etc. The centre will also be sourcing larger items like wheelbarrows but these will need to be reserved.

The Tool Shed is currently being funded from donations so if you would like to contribute you  can donate directly to the relief centre.

The plan is to develop this into a tool library for larger items ( post hole diggers, generators,Air compressors etc) that can be issued out on a loan basis.

More news on the registration process and the Tool Library will be posted here as information comes to hand.

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Nature is starting its own reconstruction

Wildhaven is a St Andrews property dedicated to caring for the beautiful native wildlife of Australia.  The animals roam  free and are protected  by two people that care so deeply for the Wildlife that they changed their life style and, in return, these beautiful animals changed them for ever.

Alan and Stella Reid are continuing their work after the fires in February to care for Australian native animals. Here their photographs show that nature is resilient and regeneration has begun.

For more information and photographs go to the Wildhaven website:

Wildhaven St Andrews Website

You can help in the effort to rebuild the shelter at Wildhaven by coming along to the Wildhaven rebuilding concert on the afternoon of the 4th of April at Wonga Park Conference Centre. Tickets are available at the St Andrews General Store and details are here on this blog.

wildhaven wildlife shelter rebuild concert




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Raffle to raise money for the St Andrews CFA, tickets available at the St Andrews General Store


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Wildhaven Wildlife Shelter Rebuild Concert

Tickets available at the St Andrews General Store


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