Callignee bushfire memorial unveiled

Callignee bushfire memorial unveiled

06 February 2012

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Australia — A new memorial to those who lost their lives on Black Saturday has been unveiled at Callignee in Gippsland.

Tuesday is the third anniversary of the Black Saturday fires that killed 173 people, including 11 from the Callignee and Traralgon South areas.

The Callignee Memorial wall is made up of clay tiles designed by hundreds of people, including schoolchildren.

It was officially launched yesterday.

The Member for Morwell, Russell Northe, says the project provided a creative outlet for those touched by the disaster.

“It’s a tribute to the whole community who have really come together to build something special that they can always look upon in future times to not only recognise the traumatic experience but also help with healing,” he said.

Mr Northe says the project has helped bring the community together.

“It’s not only a traumatic experience for the adults, but also children can be traumatised,” he said.

“For them to be able to convey their thoughts and feelings on this memorial wall is really important.”

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