Community get their say on bushfire memorials

Tomorrow’s presentation of the Alpine Bushfire Memorials Concept will go ahead despite the absence of Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority Chairperson Christine Nixon.

The presentation at Happy Valley Hall in Rosewhite will start from 4:30pm. Ms Nixon was due to meet with the community at 3pm.

The presentation gives the community another chance to comment on the preliminary concepts. Council developed the concepts with significant community input and now seeks further feedback on how these ideas have been developed and interpreted.

The following memorials are proposed:

  • An etched pictorial at Rosewhite Gap overlooking the scene, identifying fire-affected communities and recounting the progress of the fire storm (in addition, Council has negotiated the placement of a new shelter at the Gap by VicRoads)
  • Etched memorials or historic plaques at the Mudgegonga, Rosewhite and Running Creek halls telling stories of the communities and their recovery
  • A sculptural element and plaque at the new Myrtleford open space. This will provide a space for the community and visitors to reflect on the significance of the bushfires, recognise the contribution of volunteers, and remember lives lost during the tragedy

Comments and submissions on the proposal are invited until Friday, 4 June. The concepts will be on view at Mudgegonga, Rosewhite and Running Creek halls, the Myrtleford Library, the Alpine Shire offices in Bright and at www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au.

Ms Nixon's attendance at a funeral tomorrow means she will be unable to meet with bushfire affected communities from the Alpine Shire tomorrow. However she will re-schedule this meeting for June with a date to be confirmed.


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