Friday, February 23, 2024

Memory project to commemorate Wooroloo bushfire

Two years on from the devastating Wooroloo Bushfire, the City of Swan Council is inviting the community to share their stories of the bushfire as it launches a new memory project.

Council says community memories will be used to create a permanent and cohesive story of the unfolding disaster, the immediate aftermath, and the ongoing social and environmental recovery on a dedicated website.

Submissions are being welcomed in any format, including photos, videos, stories, poems and other everyday items.

City of Swan Mayor, David Lucas said the memory project reflects the City’s ongoing commitment to helping the community recover from the lasting impacts of the bushfire.

“The Wooroloo Bushfire was the most significant natural disaster in the City of Swan in at least the last twenty years, impacting thousands of people in our community and causing significant environmental damage,” he said.

“We recognise that many people have a story to tell from the bushfire; from volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel, to local residents and surrounding community members who watched the bushfire unfold from unique points of view.

“This project is an opportunity for the communty to reflect upon the effects of the fire, and build a cohesive story of resilience and recovery to tell future generations.

“The City of Swan continues to assist with the bushfire recovery measures and supporting our community rebuild for their future.”

City of Swan Local Recovery Officer, Ian Robinson said the project was a golden opportunity for people to take a step forward in the healing process and share their experiences and images with others.  

“As with the 12 Months On exhibition and the recent Rustic Farm Art Awards, this is a chance for people to reflect their feelings and experiences in a positive and cathartic manner, which many have found to be very beneficial in their recovery journey,” he said.

To view the memory project collection and submit your own memories of the Wooroloo Bushfire, visit the memory project website.

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