On 7 February 2009 bushfires devastated 109 towns and 33 communities across Victoria, destroyed more than 2400 properties and damaged around 430,000 hectares of land. Many lives were lost in these fires.
Three years after this tragedy the recovery process continues. The Victorian Government's Fire Recovery Unit has released the Victorian Bushfire Recovery Three Year Report, which details the recovery efforts, from reconstruction to economic recovery and the ongoing support programs available to help families and individuals.
For anyone affected by the bushfires, there are many resources available to provide comfort and assistance.
Looking after yourself
For advice on looking after yourself if you are feeling affected by the 2009 bushfires, or any other major trauma, check out Headspace's Looking after Yourself page (new window).
For advice and thoughts about ways to mark this anniversary, check out Headspace's Marking the Day page (new window).
Tune-In (new window), Berry Street's dedicated youth counselling service, is based in the areas of Victoria most affected by the 2009 bushfires. To find a counsellor for yourself or a friend, contact Tune-In co-ordinator John McPherson on (03) 9765 0300 for a referral, or for more info about the program.
More Information about Bushfire Recovery
For more information about bushfire recovery in Victoria, check out the Victorian Government's Fire Recovery Unit website (new window), or download the Victorian Bushfire Recovery Three Year Report from Regional Development Victoria (new window).
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