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Building Contracts


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Minutes of the meeting of the SACBRA committee, 10 May 2010

Present: Ian, Helen, Manninder, Ken, Warwick, Quentin, Elizabeth, Maria (VBRRA), Gail (NSC), Martha Wike & Steve Yarosz (visitors).

Apologies: Stuart & Peter.

Meeting commenced at 7.10pm.

Chairman’s Report:

Discussion took place on the Black Belt meeting outcomes:

· There were 28 people, representing 18 families, in attendance.

· Ken believed that the responses provided by VBRRA had answered the issue of money disbursement.

· Quentin noted the general support of the BB meeting for a Walking & Multi-use Track,

The Track plan is to go on the web site, and be included in the next Newsletter.

· There was a general understanding and support for the new direction SACBRA was taking; the focus on providing support for individual families.

· After formal business, we will look at committees & groups.

Minutes of the previous meeting (19th April 2010) were

confirmed (Warwick/Manninder).

· Draft Minutes are only to go to committee members prior to confirmation.

· The list of recipients needs to be checked (Warwick/Miriam to do).

Treasurer’s Report:

· Invoice for $55, for Post Office Box was approved,

· Change of name to Ken Dance was authorised,

· Bank account stands at $8,617.77,

· DHS letter indicated that a funding application for $13,750 had been approved,

Treasurer’s report was adopted (Ken/Quentin).

Council Administration:

Gail spoke to her circulated report:

· There is now an almost complete list of fire-affected people, awaiting final details of phone and email contacts,

· Once completed, people will be asked to provide a prioritised list of tasks needing work.

· Planned actions should be advised to whole SACBRA membership.

· Need to encourage all people in the burnt areas to join SACBRA.

VBRRA Update:

· Maria advised that the final VBAF meeting would be in August.

· Walking Trail submission can be finalised within time.

· A Memorials Forum is being held on Friday 21st May at Ethiad Stadium, Docklands.

· Leadership Development course will be held on the weekend of 17 & 18 July.

· All bar one of the Winter Events funding application have been approved.

· Rural Finance has had 8 enquiries regarding ‘hardship’ claims.

New membership:

· Steve Yarosz was accepted as a new SACBRA member (Quentin/Ken).

· Need for wider recruitment of people who have moved out of area:

Sub-committees and Working Groups expressions of interest:

Black Belt:

· Cathy L to attend and provide reports.

C.F.A Liaison:

· Helen (coordinator).

Community Centre:

· Ian (coordinator), Helen & Stuart.


· Gail (coordinator), Warwick, Quentin.

· Need to develop web site:

Should it be interactive or informative? [Informative].

Do we incorporate the blog through links? [Yes].

· SMS allows quick response facility.

· Newsletter is a problem:

Needs to be regular, topical & representative.

· Public meetings should be held regularly for updating.

Events & Community Connections:

· Warwick, Helen & with Holly (co-ordinator).

Governance & Grants:

· Warwick, Ken, Manninder, Helen, Ian, Stuart, Maria & Gail (coordinator).

Health & Well-being (Alliance):

· Helen (coordinator).


· Sue A (to be invited to next SACBRA meeting), Warwick & Helen.


· Elizabeth (coordinator), Holly, Colin B (subject to consent).

Primary School:

· Ian (coordinator) & Helen.

Need to develop relationship with Jodee & Rachel on School council.


· Peter (coordinator) Manninder & Stuart.

Roads & Driveways:

· Need to work with council and establish road ownership.


· Steve (coordinator) & Ken.

Steve to compile a list of people needing help.

Walking/Multi-use Track:

· Quentin (coordinator), Steve, Lawrie C, Darren B & Jess S (NSC).

Working Bees:

· Quentin, Steve, Helen, Miriam (coordinator) & Sue A (St Andrews Landcare) to be invited to participate.

Liaison Groups:

Baptist Church:

· Ken to liaise with John.


· Vin McKay is contact; Ian, Helen & Warwick to liaise.


· Liaison role; Holly to work with Lee McLeish.

Men’s Shed:

· SACBRA to seek/give information as required, but have no active involvement.

· Helen is liaison contact.

St Matthews Church:

· Ken to liaise with Julia.


· Sally & Maria are contacts; Ian, Ken & Warwick to liaise.

Memorial process:

Elizabeth spoke about the difficulty of bereaved families in coming to terms with the manner of deaths and the specific needs of those left behind.

There was an imperative that people approached the Memorial issue focussed on the process, rather than having a personal view as to a ‘product’.

Elizabeth was authorised to write a letter on behalf of SACBRA to local bereaved families, re the memorial process (Ian/Warwick).

Any committee members wishing to be involved in the process to speak to Elizabeth or Holly.

General business:

Walking Track:

· Quentin reported that RTAC would be apprised of the Track details at their 26 June meeting, and that VBRRA would be informed of that outcome at their meeting in July.


· Ken & Stuart are following up on better quotes for volunteer workers, and will check on other insurance cover aspects, including with council.

The current policy will be up-graded for its remaining 4 months, to better reflect contemporary pay-scales.

Stuart’s circulated report was accepted (Manninder/Ken).

Letter to VicRoads:

· Ken will speak with Matthew Dayton (NSC) re council’s position on the lowered speed limit.

Quentin noted that any action was unlikely prior to the removal of the trees on his property.

Ken was authorised to send a letter to VicRoads (Ken/Warwick).

Harry Potter books:

· Ian distributed some books at the meeting and Warwick is to take the balance to the Hurstbridge Hub for council to forward.

Next meeting to be at the Primary school on 24 may at 7.00pm, following the Governance & Grants meeting (at 6.00pm).

Meeting closed at 9.45pm.

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Regrowth after a fire




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Bushfire affected households – rebates, grants, incentives and advice

Bushfire affected households – rebates, grants, incentives and advice

A range of rebates, grants and other incentives including sustainable building advice are available to residents rebuilding their homes after the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
There are currently a number of rebates/incentives available to eligible homeowners installing a solar hot water system in rebuilt homes. With conventional water heating systems accounting for approximately 20% of a household’s greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria, installing a solar water heater will reduce these emissions and also save up to 75% of water heating costs.

A Victorian Government grant is also available for installing water tanks in eligible rebuilt homes which will assist in reducing the cost of installation.

To qualify for the Victorian Government rebate/grant applicants must have been eligible to receive a Destroyed Homes Payment.

Rebates/grants are only available for permanent new homes. Temporary accommodation, including transportable buildings, caravans, motor homes and sheds are not eligible.

For further information on Victorian Government rebates/grants contact 1300 366 195 or go to to download an application form.

For information on the Australian Government solar hot water rebate contact 1800 808 571 or visit

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Bushfire Shelters


Media release

From the Minister for Planning


Friday, 28 May, 2010


The new national performance standard for private bushfire shelters is now in effect in Victoria, Planning Minister Justin Madden announced today.

Mr Madden said the Victorian Government had supported the recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Interim Report 2 Priorities for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas that a national standard for private bushfire shelters be adopted by May 31 2010.

“Private bushfire shelters cannot be guaranteed to save lives and the safest option is still to leave early,” Mr Madden said.

“After the fires of February 7, 2009 our Government took action to establish an interim regulation and accreditation process for private bushfire shelters to provide clarity to Victorians ahead of the national standards.

“Private bushfire shelters should only be considered as an option of last resort. People considering a private bushfire shelter should do so only as part or their overall bushfire management plan rather than the solution.”

Mr Madden said the new national regulations replace interim regulations introduced in Victoria last year and amend the Building Regulations 2006 to classify private bushfire shelters as a class 10c building under the BCA as applied in Victoria.

“The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has now completed the national standard, which I understand is the first such standard in the world,” Mr Madden said.

“Through the Building Commission, Victoria has been working closely with the ABCB on the development of the national standard to ensure a smooth transition from our current interim regulations for construction of private bushfire shelters.”

Mr Madden said the national standard determined that private bushfire shelters were required to be a separate construction and no longer could be included as part of a building.

“The national standard did consider the merits of bushfire shelters below or within a building but concluded the risks of these sorts of shelters in the event of a bushfire are too great,” he said.

“This means private bushfire shelters must now be a separate building and not part of a dwelling.

“A building permit for a private bushfire shelter will be required as well as from a fire safety engineer that the shelter complies with the requirements as set out in the national performance standard.”

Victorian Building Commissioner and board member of the ABCB Tony Arnel said adoption of the national standard represented an important step for the Victorian community.

“I am certain the building industry stands ready to meet the challenge of delivering private bushfire shelters that will provide greater protection from bushfires in the future,” Mr Arnel said.

The national interim regulations will be in place for 12 months pending a decision by the ABCB to adopt them into the 2011 Building Code of Australia, which would be adopted nationally on May 1, 2011.

A copy of the performance standard is available free of charge on the ABCB’s website at

For more information on being Fire Ready visit Further information on the new interim national regulations is available at

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Media Release


Media release

From the Minister for the Arts


Saturday, 29 May, 2010


Eleven Victorian communities in bushfire-prone areas will come together and create artworks as part of a new statewide arts project – Illuminated by Fire.

Arts Minister Peter Batchelor visited Flowerdale today for the launch of the two-year project, which received a $150,000 grant through the Brumby Labor Government’s Community Partnerships program.

“During the past year we have seen a number of examples of how communities have engaged with the arts as part of the bushfire recovery process,” Mr Batchelor said.

“The arts bring people together, build community spirit and support the healing process.

Illuminated by fire will take this further, empowering communities to respond creatively together to the phenomenon of bushfires.”

Mr Batchelor said Illuminated by Fire, which was initiated by Regional Arts Victoria and will be delivered in partnership with the Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre network, would involve a diverse array of artists from across the state.

“The artists will take their local community through a series of workshops to create a local artwork, installation, performance or exhibition focusing on the themes of fire and resilience,” he said.

“From dance to sculpture, multi-media works to community choir performances, these projects will share and interpret diverse stories, images and artefacts.”

Mr Batchelor also announced the Government would provide $35,000 to extend the Murrindindi Shire’s Arts Recovery Project Officer role.

“Following the Black Saturday bushfires, we announced an initial $35,000 to establish the Arts Recovery Project Officer role in the region. Over the past year, the Project Officer has facilitated a range of arts projects that have strengthened the local community and helped them to make sense of the Black Saturday tragedy,” he said.

“The Arts Recovery Project Officer has played a key role in the local community and we are proud to be able to support the extension of the position for another 12 months. This will allow her to become involved the Illuminated by Fire projects that will be undertaken throughout the region in Flowerdale, St Andrews and Kinglake.”

The Illuminated by Fire projects will be on display in local communities before culminating in a multi-media, site-specific installation at Federation Square in Melbourne in late 2011.

(Further details of the individual projects are attached)


Portland: Artist Carmel Wallace will work with the community to build a metal/wood sculpture in the form of a ship’s hull (with reference to the emigrant ship The New Zealander, which was burnt in Portland Harbour in 1853). This will be filled with large sculptures of endangered orchids which depend on fire for survival. The sculpture will be towed to the site of the wreck of The New Zealander – a community performance will take place whilst it burns.

Kyneton: Artist Kathryn Portelli will work with the community to design and create personalised funerary urns, which will be exhibited alongside vision board collages.

Creswick: Artists Ken Evans (founder of Handspan Theatre) and Rebecca Russell will work with the community to create an outdoor theatre piece featuring smoke, fire and shadows. The performance will explore the adaptive behaviours of plants, animals and humans in relation to fire.

Swan Hill: Indigenous dancer Jacob Boehme will work with Elder Uncle Bruce Baxter and the local community on a project incorporating dance, storytelling and ceremony to explore stories of Indigenous fire practices towards a public site-specific performance outcome. Jacob will lead participants through ‘boot camps’, practising traditional dance and developing contemporary dance. Fire artist Margie Mckay will lead workshops in the use of fire in performance and the creation of images.

St Andrews and Kinglake: Artist Leanne Mooney will work with the community to create Memory Box, which will honour precious objects rescued from the fires, the stories behind them, and the renewal that follows.

Ballarat: Under the direction of Tracey Bourne, a Wathaurong storyteller will lead the audience to the edge of Lake Wendouree at dusk. An Indigenous ‘Fire Choir’ will sing as the fire from January 2009 is re-ignited on the lake. We are reminded of our ancient and recent past as we imagine the future of this place.

Briagolong: Maxine Salvatore will work with the community in East Gippsland, including members of the local Country Fire Authority, to create an installation using light, text and video on an ancient cliff face at McKinnon’s Point on the Freestone Creek.

Lakes Entrance: Renowned installation artist Catherine Larkins will work with the Gunai/Kurnai and broader Lakes Entrance community to create a relocatable fire-place made out of briquettes. Briquettes are moulded blocks of compacted, combustible matter from ancient forests. A couch, TV, dog and pseudo electric log fire will complement the chimney – ancient resources supporting our modern needs.

Dunkeld: Artist Trevor Flinn will work with the community in the South-West to create a two channel video work that showcases the art of woodcutting/splitting and the use of fire by local cooks to create a favourite dish using many different methods.

Maldon: Photographer Deanne Neville will create portraits of local fire fighters that will be printed on the fireman orange uniform cloth with fluoro strips applied in line to create a collage style. The giant banners will be displayed hanging from fire trucks and illuminated by their flashing lights.

Flowerdale: The Flowerdale community has adopted as its symbol of its renewal, the image of a denuded tree with a few small green leaves returning. Eighty local residents have now had this tattooed on their bodies. Artist Sharon Collins will replicate a large version of this tree which will act as a backdrop for a multi-media projection that explores the many stages of fire and recovery.

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