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Russel Northe MLA:
Remembering the Delburn fires 10 years on……
10 year anniversary of the Delburn complex of fires
By Portal Admin - 9th February 2019 - Back to News
Member for Morwell Russell Northe today reflected upon the 10 year anniversary of the Delburn complex of fires that impacted a number of local communities including Mirboo North, Boolarra and Yinnar.
"Whilst the fires had started a couple of days earlier, conditions were pretty horrible on the 30th January, 2009 and as the fires spread towns, homes and lives were threatened," said Mr Northe.
"Thankfully no lives were lost; however a number of homes and assets were destroyed which was devastating for many local families," said Mr Northe.
Looking back now the situation could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the heroic efforts of the CFA troops on the ground and the great work of aerial appliances that were in action on the day.
Many houses were in fact saved due to the efforts of those who worked tirelessly over a period of days.
"So today we remember our local communities and families who were impacted by the Delburn complex of fires, and reflect on the togetherness, spirit and resilience that was on display during the long recovery process." Mr Northe said.
"The recovery work, effort and generosity by local community organisations, businesses, service groups, volunteers and Latrobe City Council staff was amazing and something that gives you a strong sense of pride.," said Mr Northe
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Tribute in the Parliament of Victoria, to the Gippslanders impacted by the fires of the summer of 2009 - including Black Saturday.