People have until the end of July to submit their experiences of the Eden Valley bushfires for compilation in a Bushfire Community Diary.
Stories and images are welcome from anyone involved in either the fires or the recovery effort, including residents, volunteers, farmers, emergency service personnel and police.
Submissions will be collated into a diary to be archived in the local libraries as an historical record, with potential for publication and other community displays.
Barossa Council’s Acting Manager Community and Culture, Kirsty Hage, said the project will provide a snapshot of how the fires impacted the Barossa community, and also help people process such an unsettling event.
“We know the fires had far-reaching effects on the community emotionally, financially and psychologically,” said Kirsty.
“In unexpected ways it also galvanised the community and we saw so many examples of neighbours helping neighbours and even strangers as everyone pulled together.
“We want to record people’s experiences to provide a community narrative so that both now and in years to come, people will understand what happened and how people responded to this significant regional event.”
Stories and images can be submitted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to The Barossa Council, (PO Box 867), 43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa SA 5355.
Stories can be any length and people can find prompting tips and suggestions on what to write about on Council’s website, www.barossa.sa.gov.auFor more information about the project please contact Kirsty Hage on 0409 355 835.