Remembering the 2009 Victorian bushfires

Friday, 25 January 2019
Remembering the 2009 Victorian bushfires

Almost 10 years ago, Victorians lived through the worst heatwave and bushfires in our nation’s history – the Black Saturday bushfires, which swept across Victoria in February 2009.

Tragically, 173 people lost their lives in the fires and the heatwave saw deaths increase by 374 people. Many more people were injured, lost their homes or their livelihoods. More than 2100 homes were lost, and townships including Marysville and Kinglake devastated. 

Victorians are being encouraged to wear a yellow ribbon at this time to acknowledge those affected in the 2009 bushfires. Inspiro staff at our three sites in Lilydale, Belgrave and Healesville will be wearing yellow ribbons.

Help for healing and recovery

 The 2009 bushfires were a traumatic and distressing event. As the anniversary approaches, people may experience different emotional and physical reactions. These feelings are normal and on most occasions, will subside again within a few weeks as part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process. Everyone’s journey through recovery is different, and for many, recovery remains an ongoing challenge. 

If you are struggling and need to speak to someone, please call Inspiro on 9028 9153 for an appointment with  one of our counsellors, contact your doctor, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

10 year anniversary event in the Yarra Ranges

Yarra Ranges Council will be hosting an event to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

  • Date: Thursday 7 February, starting at 5.30pm
  • Location: McKenzie Reserve in Yarra Glen.

Residents, emergency services workers and friends and family of those affected by the bushfires are welcome to attend the reserve for a short program of speeches and performances, including Dixons Creek Primary School and the Badger Creek Women’s Choir.

State Anniversary event

The state anniversary event, to be held on Monday 4th February 2019 in central Melbourne, will complement community commemorations being held throughout January and February. This event will provide an opportunity for Victorians to gather in a central location to remember and reflect on the anniversary. Details on the memorial are available from 

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