Remembrance Black Saturday | 2009

Remembrance Black Saturday | 2009

Each year we remember the horrific day on Saturday 7th February 2009 when fire claimed 173 human lives and destroyed over 2,000 homes.

The Black Saturday fires were responsible for 5,000 injured people, killed countless animals and burnt over 4,500 square kilometers of land.

Visit the links below for more information about the Victorian bushfires of 7 February 2009 - the worst in the nation's recorded history.

2019 Remembrance Black Saturday

A STATE memorial service will be held to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the horrific Black Saturday bushfires that killed 173 people.

A series of local community events and creative arts projects will also be supported by a $4.4 million fund set up by the state government to support affected communities.

Thousands of homes and properties were destroyed and more than 450,000ha of land burned during the fires in January and February in 2009, which culminated in Black Saturday on February 7.

Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau will be the patron for the state’s commemorations and will travel to bushfire-affected communities.

Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said it was important the “catastrophic events” were commemorated by communities “in their own way” .

“Remembering these tragic events is important so we can honour those who died, those who lost their homes and were displaced, and the people who prevented further loss and destruction,” Mr Merlino said.

Former premier John Brumby will head an advisory panel to plan events.

Remembrance Day

When & Where

Date: Thursday 7th February 2019

Web Links

Remembrance Black Saturday | 2009

Remembrance Ash Wednesday | 1983

Remembrance Black Friday | 1939-2019

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