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2009 Black Saturday Bushfires

On Black Saturday we remember

A year on from the devastation of Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires we not only remember those whose lives were lost, but we celebrate the communities who continue to overcome adversity in their ongoing journey towards closure and restoration.

The Salvation Army has been working hand in hand with local communities as they realise new dreams, rebuild homes and celebrate the bonds of friendship and family.

To mark a year of tragedy and triumph, The Salvation Army has released the Victorian Bushfire Response Report.

Download the full Report

The rebuild is still continuing with projects taking place all over Victoria.

So what has been happening so far? You can read some of the stories we’ve gathered together from throughout the year of what has been happening on the ground in bushfire-affected areas.

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The Salvation Army helps bring some Christmas cheer

26 November 2010

In December 2009, The Salvation Army delivered a Christmas gift initiative to people whose homes were lost or severely damaged in the Black ...

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Centre providing support for the long term

26 September 2009

Whittlesea has been at the epicentre of the bushfire response since it became an emergency services staging ground on 7 February 2009....

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Volunteers assist with rebuilding fences

26 June 2009

The Samaritanís Purse fencing trailers, sponsored by the Salvation Army, continue to assist property owners rebuild fences destroyed by the ...

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Seymour team keeps on truckin'

26 June 2009

Since opening in the week following the February bushfires, The Salvation Armys Seymour warehouse has been the coordination point for much o...

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