Heritage Victoria expresses sympathy and support for the many communities affected by bush fires. We acknowledge the work of Forest Fire Management Victoria and other emergency services in protecting lives and communities.

The 2019-20 bushfires across North East and East Gippsland captured the local government areas of Alpine, Baw Baw, Cardinia, Towong, Wodonga and East Gippsland. The fire footprint contains more than 130 known historic heritage places.

In response to the bushfires, Heritage Victoria is:

  • undertaking assessments of heritage places on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) impacted by the bushfires
  • providing assessment advice to local government and communities for heritage places within local heritage overlays.

This work will be undertaken in partnership with relevant State Government agencies, DELWP Regions, Parks Victoria, local government and relevant community groups.

ForestMurrindal River. Photo by Christopher Lee (FFMV)

Bushfire Recovery Program - Heritage

The Heritage Bushfire Recovery Program is a joint initiative of Heritage Victoria and Bushfire Recovery Victoria. Bushfire Recovery Victoria's website details programs and initiatives supported by the Victorian Government in the wake of the 2019-20 bushfires.

Heritage Victoria has developed a fact sheet for the Bushfire Recovery Program - Heritage (DOCX, 2.0 MB), also available as a PDF (PDF, 517.8 KB), which includes information about the Victorian Heritage Register, including how to search the VHR for your property and contact details for the Bushfire Recovery Program – Heritage team.

Where possible Heritage Victoria will undertake some assessments of prioritised impacted places within the local heritage overlay. 

It should be noted that the assessment of Aboriginal cultural heritage is managed through a separate initiative.

If you are the owner of a State listed heritage property affected by the fires, please contact us for support on (03) 7022 6359 or email heritage.victoria@delwp.vic.gov.au

If you are the owner of a locally listed heritage property, your local council is the best contact. Please contact us if you need support in obtaining local contacts or for general heritage advice.

Stringers Knob Fire Spotting TowerBete Bolong North. Photo by Christopher Anderson (FFMV)

Financial Assistance

Heritage Victoria’s Living Heritage Program (LHP) provides grants for “at risk” places on the VHR that are owned or managed by specific groups and have public access. If you have a State heritage listed place in an area impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires, and you meet the program criteria, you may qualify for a grant from between $20,000 to $200,000. The LHP Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions provide further information.

Page last updated: 01/05/20