Burning desire to contribute?

By Riverine Herald

THE Northern Victorian community is being invited to have their say on a new bushfire museum and education centre to raise awareness of the history, stories and lessons of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, as well as other significant fires.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp called on communities across the region to participate in the online public consultation process which seeks input from bushfire-affected communities, First Peoples community members and those involved in bushfire recovery and emergency management.

The Bushfire Anniversary Advisory Group has recommended creating a bushfire museum with a reflective space to commemorate our past and educate generations into the future.

The consultation will seek community views on how a centre or program would function, possible locations if a permanent site was to be established, and what visitors would expect to see and learn during a visit.

“This museum will help bring together the experiences, knowledge and stories of how fire has affected Victoria and how it will continue to impact our state for generations to come,’’ Mr Gepp said.

“We want all Victorians to help shape a new bushfire museum and education centre – because we want this to be a centre for everyone.”

Feedback gathered during the consultation process will help shape the next steps for the project which is being led by Creative Victoria in consultation with groups including the CFA.

The Victorian Bushfire Centre public consultation is open until August 15.

To learn more and have your say, visit