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Bushfire Recovery Events Update


Sunday 12 July 2009
Sustainable Building Workshop
The Murrindindi Climate Network in partnership with the Moreland Energy Foundation is hosting the second in a series of sustainable building workshops to provide information on the different options available for rebuilding after the fires.
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12noon – 5.00pm 
Kinglake West Hall
1055 Kinglake-Whittlesea Rd
Kinglake West    

10, 11 & 12 July 2009
Bush to Beach Retreat for Woman
We are excited to announce a weekend retreat for women affected by the 7 February bushfires to the Cumberland 5 Star Resort in Lorne, Victoria.
This weekend is run by local women for local women and supported by VBRRA.
It will be entertaining, inspirational, educational and FUN.
To register and for all enquires phone: 0414 255 384  
Lorne, Victoria    

Saturday 18 July 2009
Rebuilding Expo
The Shire of Yarra Ranges is hosting an expo to provide residents (bushfire affected and others considering reno-vation) with the opportunity to speak to building experts, local contractors and suppliers to assist them through the rebuilding process.
Murrindindi Residents Welcome
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10.00am – 4.00pm 
Lilydale Showgrounds
27 – 29 Market St
Mel Ref 38 E4    

Sunday 19 July 2009
Community Recovery Plan Workshop
Flowerale Recovery Committee invites the community to discuss a long-term community recovery plan. 
Flowerdale Community Hall    

Sunday 19 July 2009
Remake Kinglake
Your chance to shape the design of our townships, economy and environment. 
10.00am – 4.00pm 
Kinglake Ranges Basketball Stadium
and Community Centre
Exton’s Rd

Sunday 23 August – Wednesday 26 August 2009
Camp Phoenix
Camp Phoenix is a retreat for Australian burn survivors and their families, that provides opportunities to share experiences in a safe, fun and friendly environment.
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Camp Wilkin, Anglesea, Victoria   


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Tree & Firewood in Fire Affected Areas

Who is responsible for the removal of roadside trees?

Vicroads are responsible for highways and main roads.

Murrindindi Shire Council is responsible for local roads.

What trees are being removed?

All trees are being assessed by qualified arborists.

Trees are removed from roadside reserves and crown land if they are identified as unsafe, are unlikely to regenerate, or they pose a threat to houses or other buildings.

If you believe a tree has been incorrectly marked you can register this with engineering services and it will be reassessed. Contact the Alexandra Council office on 5772 0333.

Why are some white crosses being “blacked out”?

The initial white cross markings may have been placed on trees by various people or agencies. As part of the roadside safety restoration works, Council contractors have reassessed each roadside tree using qualified arborists, and in some cases, previously marked trees are considered to be safe and therefore the previous markings have been “blacked out”.

If residents are concerned about the safety of a roadside tree they can contact the Alexandra council office on 5772 0333 and an inspection will be arranged.

What about habitat or culturally significant trees?

Every effort is made to leave habitat (hollow) trees even if lopping is undertaken to make these safe.

Identified “scar” trees are reported immediately to the Department of Sustainability and Environment for inspection.

Can the local communities access mulch?

Yes, designated collection points have been set up to allow local residents to take mulch for personal use at the following sites:

  • Whittlesea Yea Road at Stony Creek, Kinglake West

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms north of Stony Creek

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms south of Stony Creek

Can the local communities access firewood?

Yes, again a number of designated collection points are being set up to allow local residents to take firewood for personal use.

Stockpile sites:

  • Buxton – Meeting of the Waters*

  • Marysville – Gallipoli Park*

  • Flowerdale – Moores Road*

  • Toolangi – Healesville Kinglake Road (logs only)

  • Kinglake – Global Care, located adjacent to the Kinglake Services Centre* – please contact 5786 1452 for enquiries regarding firewood at this location

* Split wood may be available at these sites

Vicroads sites (logs only):

  • Whittlesea Yea Road at Stony Creek, Kinglake West

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms north of Stony Creek

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms south of Stony Creek

Can I collect firewood from the roadside?

The normal process of obtaining a wood collection permit applies and residents need to contact our Local Laws officers on 5772 0331 for details.

Residents are strongly advised to access the community wood stockpiles as collection from roadsides could be dangerous due to the presence of dangerous trees.

Who is responsible for trees on private property?

The owner is responsible. If you are registered with the government funded program for site clean up, trees that have been assessed as dangerous immediately adjacent to destroyed buildings will be removed as part of the site cleanup.

For the free Federal and State Government funded bushfire affected property clean-up and demolition operation please contact – 1800 240 667 or visit

Licensed contractors who are interested in taking part in the government funded clean-up and demolition program can contact:

A Frequently Asked Questions sheet about the clean-up program is available by contacting Grocon or at the following link:

What do I do about dangerous trees on Crown land?

If trees are on crown land and are in danger of falling on private buildings, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will arrange an arborist inspection and if necessary the removal of the tree at no cost to the owner. Residents should contact DSE – Alexandra office on telephone 5772 0200.

For further information or to report a dangerous tree please contact engineering services on 5772 0322.

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New Murrindindi Recovery Community Newsletter

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

Click the link below for access

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Erosion Field Day


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New Community Bulletin from Murrindindi 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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Fringe Focus for the Winter of 2009 Shire Update

Bushfire recovery

Road reserve rehabilitation

Council’s Environmental Works team are undertaking work to rehabilitate and protect public road reserves across bushfire affected areas of the Shire. This activity will assist in the recovery of ecosystem function and reduce the risks of erosion, landslides and flash flooding.

Initially this work will focus on the clean-up of excessive fallen timber from road reserves, whilst balancing the environmental requirements for habitat and erosion control. 

The guidelines for this work are based on scientific research and current best management practices. However, work in each area will vary according to faunal significance, vegetation type and significance, slope and erosion potential, severity of burn and the likelihood of natural regeneration.


A straw bale check dam

In the coming weeks, several demonstration sites will be prepared in order to demonstrate and monitor the effectiveness of these treatments. The location of sites will be publicised once they have been established. Findings will then be used to guide further works across all bushfire affected areas.

Several severely eroded sites in Ninks Road have already been treated in order to demonstrate best management practices and to monitor their effectiveness. High priority erosion and drainage problem areas requiring such specialised treatment will be identified and treated appropriately throughout the coming months. 

The medium to long term objectives of this work will focus on monitoring the effectiveness of treatments, weed infestations and ecosystem recovery. A weed control program will be implemented in spring.

To maximise the effectiveness of erosion control treatments on road reserves, complementary works on adjoining properties would be beneficial. Council can assist with identifying the need for such works on your property through the development and implementation of a Property Recovery Plan (see Land Management Assistance article below). 

For further information please contact Brad Tadday, Environmental Works Officer, on 9433 3713.

Land management assistance for bushfire affected properties

Council’s Environmental Planning Unit can provide advice on land management issues including: vegetation, pasture management, erosion control and weed control. Council has developed a Property Recovery Plan template and is able to support landowners with developing plans for their properties. For more information, please contact Donna Stoddart, Environmental Planning Coordinator, on 9433 3216. 

When you start thinking about rebuilding…

Nillumbik Shire Council is offering a free sustainable design assessment on the design of your property. Council’s Sustainability Officers conduct assessments using the Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance Strategy (STEPS) tool.

A STEPS assessment provides an analysis of the environmental sustainability of the property design and looks at material selection, appliances, and water and energy use. A guide on how your property compares to environmental standards is also provided through the STEPS assessment.

Council will provide a summary report on your design in terms of environmental sustainability and offer design considerations. The assessment and report will be completed in the line with relevant Building Commissions Guidelines and Australian Standards for Bushfire Prone Areas. This is a unique opportunity to have your property design assessed for environmental sustainability while ensuring the appropriate building materials are selected.

For more information, please contact Council’s Sustainability Officers on 9433 3214.

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