2016 Recovery Award winners and finalists

Winner – Industry

Rural Fire Tales

Rural Fire Tales, a documentary film coordinated by Benalla Rural City Council, was more than 12 months in the making. The project began after two fast-moving grassfires impacted the rural communities aroundLake Rowan and Stewarton in December 2014. The fire impacted 92 properties and burnt 8316 hectares, causing significant losses.

The purpose of Rural Fire Tales was to capture the sense of community resilience that came to the fore in the hope that this would enhance the recovery process.

The documentary features forty-three local people aged between 2 and 78 years old telling their stories of the fire and continuing recovery. It is a deeply personal account; focussing on individual experience – the impact, learnings and the many positive stories of community support.

The film is a powerful educational and motivational tool for all aspects of fire safety, from preparation through to recovery. Rural Fire Tales is an excellent example of the importance of community-led planning, resilience and community led recovery .

Finalist – Industry

Wye River & Separation Creek Bushfire Vegetation Restoration


Winner – Community

Strengthening Communities After the Scotsburn Fires

On Saturday 19 December 2015, the area around Scotsburn, Clarendon and Elaine was affected by a bushfire that burnt 4,674 hectares of land and destroyed 12 homes and 75 outbuildings.

The Community Recovery Committee, made up of residents, council and agencies, worked closely with the Leigh Catchment Landcare Group to provide community members with  vital opportunities to network with other residents and take part in environmental and community recovery activities, including tree planting, waterway management, bushfire planning workshops, gardening workshops, agricultural advice and future planning.

Attendees ranged from 0 – 90 years old with over 80 people attending each month.

The project has been resounding success. Allowing the community to identify its own needs and how to respond to them has resulted in full ownership, participation and a sense of pride in the programs and events.

Finalists – Community

Surf Club/Recovery Hub

Needs Assessment and Psychosocial Support After Emergencies: Victorian Multi-Agency Outreach Framework and Guidelines


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