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Black Saturday Memorial

Permanent memorials of the 2009 bushfires have been established at significant locations in the Whittlesea and surrounding areas.

Corner of Coombs, Yea and Humevale Roads, Kinglake West

Corner of Coombs, Humevale and Yea Roads

A permanent memorial has been created at the corner of Coombs, Humevale and Yea Roads, honouring the 12 local residents who lost their lives in this area.

Toorourrong Reservoir Park

120 Jacks Creek Road, Whittlesea

A permanent memorial has been created on the edge of the pond at Toorourrong Reservoir Park. This memorial honours the 35 residents who lost their lives, and who had strong connections to the Whittlesea area.

The design is based on a seed-pod with two granite stone walls enclosing granite seats representing seeds dispersing out of the pod and into the pond. This is symbolic of new life and regeneration. The granite used is the original stone used in the reservoir and park construction from the late 1800s.

Extensive work was undertaken with the community to develop the text and visual content of this memorial. One wall displays the 35 names from 13 families. The other wall portrays the community impact of the fires through themes of fire, loss and spirit.

Construction of the memorial was completed in May 2015 and a private dedication ceremony was held with bereaved families.

The park is open to the public every day, including public holidays, from 9am.

Whittlesea Community Activity Centre/Walker Reserve precinct

The Whittlesea Community Activity Centre/Walker Reserve precinct was also a significant site for people in the first days and weeks after the fires.

The Whittlesea Community Activity Centre has undergone an extensive redevelopment, increasing the size of the building, introducing new facilities and include some memorial elements to recognise its contribution during the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

Directly next to this development is the Whittlesea Community Gardens, which was used as a recovery program post the 2009 fires.  

For more information, including utilising the gardens, contact:

Megan Smithwick 
0407 699 775