Bushfire 10 Year Anniversary Commemmorative Events and Activities

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Published: Friday, February 1, 2019

February 1-28 2019         10am-4pm weekdays

Art Exhibition:   Reflections: Looking forward, looking back

City of Whittlesea Civic Centre Great Hall, South Morang

An exhibition of artworks made by, and with community from 2009-2019. Messages written in community centres throughout January and early February, on leaves of seeded paper, will be added to a ‘tree of love’ sculpture in a community gathering within a multi-layered reflective installation. For more information phone 9217 2174.

February 1-28 2019         10am-4pm weekdays

Oral Histories – Our Stories. Pop into the Whittlesea Library to record up to 20 minutes of your memories of the past ten years. Phone 9716 3028 to book or drop in to the Whittlesea Library during the month of February.

Thursday 7 February 2019         10am-4pm

Drop in anytime from 10am to the Whittlesea Community Garden, Community Activity Centre and Whittlesea Library in Laurel Street to participate in relaxed reflective art activities, enjoy some light refreshments or simply be in a supported space with people who understand the significance of the day. Friendly community volunteers, Red Cross volunteers, Council staff, artists and Library staff will be around to welcome you. All welcome. For more information phone 9217 2465.

Thursday 7 February 2019         6.45pm

A community remembrance service will be held at 6.45pm in the Whittlesea Community Garden and everyone is welcome. This service is coordinated by the Community Resilience Committee and will include a minute’s silence at 7pm, some community readings and songs from the Whittlesea Township Choir. All welcome. For more information phone 9217 2465.

Friday 8 February 2019              3.30pm-4.30pm

As part of the community events to acknowledge the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, the community will be hosting an afternoon tea with Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC. Join the community for a casual afternoon tea at the Whittlesea Community Activity Centre. For more information and to register please phone 9217 2346.

Saturday 9 February 2019         9am-10am

A community gathering will occur from 9am-10am on Saturday 9 February at the Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial at Toorourrong Reservoir Park, Jacks Creek Rd, Whittlesea. A community led ceremony, with a formal contribution by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria. All welcome. For more information phone 9217 2465.

Saturday 9 February 2019        

The Whittlesea Country Music Festival will activate Church St, Whittlesea with buskers and other informal community activities from 10am - 2pm then move to Walker Reserve for a free music concert from 4pm. This will include an acknowledgement of the 10th Anniversary at 7pm. For more information visit www.whittleseacountrymusicfestival.com.au .

Sunday 10 February 2019          4.30pm

Legends Tribute Match between Whittlesea and Kinglake Football Clubs at the Whittlesea Showgrounds. Food trucks and entertainment. Free entry and all welcome. For more information phone 0439 574 598.

Monday 11 February 2019        1pm-3pm

Free singing workshop: Warm Feet, Dry Land. City of Whittlesea Civic Centre Great Hall, South Morang. Professional musician Sue Johnson will teach participants an original song in preparation for a community performance at an event on 12 February as part of a month-long art exhibition. For more information phone 9217 2174.

Tuesday 12 February 2019        7pm-8pm

Growth: A free and inclusive community ceremony to add leaves of messages to a sculptured ‘tree of love’ within the art exhibition. City of Whittlesea Civic Centre Great Hall, South Morang. For more information phone 9217 2174.

Saturday 16 February 2019     

Art Therapy Group Sessions in the Whittlesea Library. Explore the inner self through paint, textiles collage and more. Fortnightly commencing 16 February. Phone 9716 3028 to book.

Monday 25 February       7pm-9pm

Forging Ahead: a community gathering followed by a film screening of Forged From Fire, a documentary made by local Andrew Garton about the making of the blacksmith Tree.

City of Whittlesea Civic Centre Great Hall, South Morang. All welcome.

For bookings and more information phone 9217 2174.

Thursday 21 February     7pm-9pm

An evening with Dr Rob Gordon (clinical psychologist). Well known for his expertise in community disaster recovery, Dr Rob Gordon will be making a return visit to the Whittlesea township to do a community "check in' and touch on what to expect over the next 12 months. All welcome. For bookings and more information phone 9217 2346.

General information:

www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires

 

https://dhhs.vic.gov.au/news/ten-year-anniversary-2009-bushfires-Victoria

 

*If you or someone you know is finding this time difficult, it’s important to remember you are not alone. There are many places you can go to for advice or help, including friends and family, your local doctor, mental health support services, or phone Lifeline 131114, GriefLine 1300 845 745 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636.