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Issue 59 for the 8th of June has been published.

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VBRRA Update


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New Community Bulletin from Murrindindi Shire

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New community newsletter from Nillumbik Shire

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Whittlesea Bushfire Community Update – 5 June 2009


Investa and Clarendon house fundraiser

Investa Land and Clarendon Residential Group are donating the proceeds of a house and land package in Mill Park Lakes Estate to assist with community infrastructure needs following the Victorian Bushfires.

Building has started and the house will be auctioned on 29 August. A small launch with key partners was held at the house site in Grange Road on Tuesday.

Investa Land Senior Development Manager, Chris Plant met with the Whittlesea Bushfire Recovery Community Reference Committee on Thursday. As part of the next step, Council will be exploring options for potential infrastructure projects with the community.


Free food drop program

Many native wildlife have survived the bushfires but their food sources are no longer available meaning many are now facing starvation.

Wildlife Victoria is operating a free food drop program in fire-affected areas for wildlife carers, community groups and interested community members.

A representative from Wildlife Victoria will be at the community meeting on Thursday 11 June to talk about the food program.


Drop in Mondays and Thursdays

Whittlesea Men’s Shed has woodworking and metal working equipment available.

The Men’s Shed provides opportunities for men to learn new skills, keep old skills honed, share skills and create projects.

The shed also provides an opportunity to create and renew friendships and a casual place to talk and relax.

The shed is open form 10am to 2pm Mondays and Thursdays.

For more information please phone Sandy Norton on 0410 691 943 or Phil Berchdolt on 0418 357 076.


Business dinner a success

More than 120 people attended a special bushfire recovery business dinner at Whitehaven Receptions last week to share their stories, discuss ideas for ongoing support and access a range of services and information.

Guest speaker and Macedon Ranges Councillor Helen Relph shared her experiences in business recovery following the Ash Wednesday bushfires in the Macedon area. A number of business support agencies were also on hand to provide information about their services.

The next steps

In partnership with the Whittlesea Township Community Building Initiative, Council undertook a survey in February to better understand the impact of the bushfires. More than 40 percent of businesses suggested they required no assistance and more than 30 percent indicated they required some sort of financial assistance.

Council revisited the survey at the business dinner and is collating the results. The City of Whittlesea is collating the survey feedback from the event to determine what other programs can be arranged to support the business community directory or indirectly affected by the bushfires.


City of Whittlesea has been hosting weekly bushfire recovery community meetings at 7pm each Thursday at the Whittlesea Community Activity Centre.

After the next meeting, they will be held fortnightly.

7pm, Thursday 11 June, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
7pm, Thursday 26 June, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre


Out of the 27 surveys returned to the City of Whittlesea.

9 respondents are staying with families/friends, 7 are renting houses and 7 are living in caravans/tents.
8 respondents indicated that they would utilise a temporary village in Whittlesea and 6 want to move back to the affected property ASAP.
Reasons for wanting to live in the temporary accommodation include close proximity to affected block, close to infrastructure and being closer to work. 24 respondents have indicated that they wish to rebuild on their affected property, 2 respondent will move outside the affected area and 1 respondent is unsure at this stage. Council is in discussions with the Bushfire Recovery Community Reference Committee and VBRRA about the next steps for a possible temporary accommodation village in Whittlesea.


Royal Commission hearings are continuing. Community members are welcome to attend. Alternatively, there are live streamings of the hearings and transcripts available online at

Libraries throughout Victoria have agreed to provide access to PCs, where possible, so that people can view the live streaming and view or download transcripts.


Members wanted

A  Bushfire Recovery Community Wellbeing and Mental Health Working Group has been formed to support fire-affected community members, families, children and young people with issues arising from trauma, grief and loss.

The Wellbeing and Mental Health Working Group needs people with a sense of caring and community connections to expand its work in community education, awareness and the development of ongoing programs. You don’t have to be an expert – you just have to care.

To find out more about being part of the Wellbeing and Mental Health Working Group, please contact Barbara or Rebecca from the City of Whittlesea Bushfire Recovery Team on 1300 779 183 or email


Whittlesea Community Legal Service

Whittlesea Community Legal Service is available by appointment at Plenty Valley Community Health in Whittlesea on Fridays between 10am and 2pm. Please phone (03) 9401 6655 for an appointment.

Victorian Bushfire Legal Help Line

Victoria Legal Aid has a Bushfire Legal Help Line available on 1800 113 432 for free over-the-phone legal advice. The service is available from Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm.


The local SES has volunteered approximately 25 chainsaw teams to start in the next few  weeks to help residents cut up felled trees that have been cleared by Grocon as a result of the fire.

To register your interest please call the City of Whittlesea’s Bushfire Recovery Information Line on 1300 779 183.


First workshop this Friday at Kinglake

·        Are you concerned about how your child and/or young person is coping after the bushfire?

·        Would you like to know how to identify signs if your child or young person is troubled or not coping?

·        Would you like some ideas on talking with your children about how they are feeling or behaving?

Kinglake Community Centre
Friday 5 June at 7pm to 9.30pm
Extons Road
For parents and carers of young adults aged 10 to 25 years
Carol Woolcock – Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Whittlesea Activity Centre Laurel Street
Wednesday 10 June at 7pm to 9pm
For parents and carers of children aged 0 to 10 years.
Peter Hosking – Clinical psychologist supporting communities experiencing trauma and natural disasters 

Whittlesea Activity Centre Laurel Street
Wednesday 17 June at 7pm to 9pm
For parents and carers of young adults aged 10 to 25 years
Annie Norrish- The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement- Counselling and Support Service

Kinglake Community Centre Extons Road
Friday 26 June at 7pm to 9.30pm
For parents and  carers of children aged 0 to 10 years.
Jane Nursey – Manager Psychology Trauma Treatment Service at Austin Health


10am to 12.30pm, Saturday 13 June

Whittlesea Community Activity Centre

Dress up as your favourite book character or wear your favourite hat.

Berry Street, together with Kindergarten Parents Victoria (KPV) and Playgroup Victoria, is holding a Community Day on Saturday 13 June in Whittlesea.

Children and families from playgroups, kindergartens, family day care and childcare centres impacted by the fires are invited.

The day will include performances and presentations as well as providing the children with the opportunity to rotate through reading and activity stations where they will be able to share the love of reading and play with their families and the broader community.

A very generous donation from the City of Greater Geelong of new books for playgrounds, maternal and child health centres, kindergartens and schools will also be distributed.

For more information please visit


Financial hardship support

Whittlesea Community Connections  is providing financial assistance for those who are having difficulty meeting immediate basic needs such as food and petrol as a result of the bushfires (blue DHS form needed).

Further information is available from case managers. Alternatively, representatives from Whittlesea Community Connections are available at the Whittlesea Relief Centre from 1pm to 4pm Mondays and Wednesdays.

Appointments can also be made at the Whittlesea Community Connections office at Shop 111, Epping Plaza.

For more information or to make an appointment please call (03) 9401 6666.



Phone            1300 779 183




The next community meeting will be held at 7pm, Thursday 11 June at the Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 56-61 Laurel Street. All welcome.

Meetings will then be held fortnightly instead of weekly. The following meeting will be held on Thursday 25 June.

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Murrindindi Community Newsletters Available

With bushfire resident  information spread across several municipalities it is very difficult to find everything in one place.

We will now be including information from shires outside Nillumbik in an attempt to have one central place for information gathering.

Here is the latest Murrindindi Community Newsletter


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