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Recovering from the Black Summer bushfires

The 2019/20 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires impacted over 100 of Victoria’s most significant historic heritage places across Victoria’s north-east. The Heritage Bushfire Recovery Program is a joint initiative of Heritage Victoria and Bushfire Recovery Victoria and is funded until the end of June 2023.

In response to the bushfires, Heritage Victoria is:

  • Assessing heritage places which were impacted by the fires
  • Providing advice to Councils and communities on how to assess local heritage places
  • Delivering projects that contribute to heritage recovery goals

The assessment of Aboriginal cultural heritage is managed through a separate initiative.

Projects Underway

The audits undertaken by the Bushfire Recovery Heritage Program have led to the development of five projects.

  • Interpretation and conservation at Stringers Knob Fire Spotting Tower (underway)
  • Hinnomunjie Timber Truss Bridge Structural Report (completed)
  • Hinnomunjie Bridge Heritage Interpretation Panels (underway)
  • Archaeological Sites Interpretation Panels at Buckland Valley, Haunted Stream Goldfield (Stirling) and Deptford (underway)
  • Bullumwaal Mechanics Institute Stage Curtain Conservation Project (funded by DELWP Gippsland) (recently commenced)
Heritage interpretation panel at Buckland Bridge.

Site assessments

In the period to June 30 2021, the program assessed 28 heritage places, objects and archaeological sites. Check out the program’s interactive map for more information on the assessments.

The program is targeting a further 100 sites for assessment over the next two years

Heritage places under investigation

Disaster Preparedness

Heritage Victoria has collated resources relating to Disaster Preparedness and Recovery. The Bushfire Recovery Heritage Program recognises preparedness is critical in ensuring the resilience of heritage places through disaster events. Working with partners across DELWP and FFR we have been looking at ways of improving management of places on crown lands ahead of another fire season.

Financial assistance for fire-affected heritage

If you have a State listed heritage place in an area affected by the 2019-20 bushfires you may be eligible for a grant of $20,000-$200,000.

Page last updated: 11/10/21