The Recovery Award recognises an innovative project that helps people or the environment recover from any fire type, not just bushfire. The project can be short or long term.

Examples of projects include but are not restricted to:

  • support groups
  • projects to minimise impact on communities
  • memorials
  • recovery guides

Fire service involvement can be in a supporting role, where appropriate, but projects must be community led or initiated.

The Award will be judged in two streams:

  • Community – this stream includes not-for-profit organisations, individuals, community groups, volunteer groups, schools or tertiary institutions.
  • Industry – this stream includes commercial enterprise, business, local council or government departments.

2016 Recovery Award winners

Rural Fire Tales (Industry Stream)

Strengthening Communities After the Scotsburn Fires (Community Stream)


Where appropriate projects must meet the standards and procedures of the Victorian fire agencies.

Projects that have been previously shortlisted as a Fire Awareness Award finalist cannot be resubmitted without further significant development.

All projects entered must have been in place within 2 years of the opening date for entry in the 2016 Awards (30 June 2014  and 30 June 2016), and implemented in Victoria.

CFA, DELWP, MFB, EMV and Parks Victoria employees and members are ineligible to enter this category.

Fire service agencies should apply to one of the Fire Services Awards: Local-led Prevention and Preparedness, Partnership, or Project of State Significance awards.

Examples of projects

2015 Recovery Award winners

Black Hill Reserve Fire Recovery (Industry Stream)

Landcare-led Recovery After 2014 Mickleham-Kilmore Fires (Community Stream)

South West Goulburn Landcare Network Community Fire Recovery Initiative (Community Stream)

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