The Barossa & Mid Murray communities will have access to compelling personal accounts of the 2014 Eden Valley Bushfires following the launch of the Bushfire Community Diary.
The diary features a collection of stories and images from people involved in the fires or the recovery effort, including residents, volunteers, farmers and emergency service personnel.
Grant funding of $30,000 through South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission has been used to convert these accounts into both hard copy and electronic format, which will be made available via the websites and libraries at Barossa Council and Mid Murray Council as a record of the event.
Barossa Council’s Manager Community and Culture Kirsty Hage said the diary was borne out of the community’s desire to make sense of the fires.
“The end result is an authentic account of how people were impacted and how they responded to the fires,” Kirsty said.
“Everyone’s story is different, but there is an underlying theme of how this event brought the community together in extreme circumstances.”
Kirsty thanked all the contributors whose remarkable personal experiences and photos have provided an important community narrative.
“Now and in years to come, people will be able to read this diary and understand the significance of this event in our region’s history,” she said.
“We especially thank the Mid Murray and Barossa Local Recovery Committee who helped this project come to fruition as part of the Eden Valley Bushfire recovery effort.”
The grant money funded a range of other initiatives aimed at encouraging community engagement and participation following the fires.
The diary will be launched at 7pm on Friday the 18th September at the Keyneton Soldiers Memorial Hall. All are welcome but please register for catering purposes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8563 8444 by COB on the 17th September.
Please click on the image above to view the Bushfire diary as an e-book.