On 4 February, Her Excellency the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, gave an address at the State Commemoration marking the ten Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.
Addressing the assembled guests, the Governor paid tribute to those lost during those devastating fires, and also to those who risked their own lives to assist those in need:
‘This evening and this week mark an important time of reflection. A time to reflect on the devastation of the bushfires that ravaged Victoria in February 2009, on Black Saturday, and in the days and weeks around it. One of the most significant disasters our State has experienced.
Our reflection is one of profound sadness at the immense losses suffered.
It is also of deep gratitude for the bravery, kindness and generosity shown by so many then, and since.
And of the inspiration drawn from the many examples of both individual and community resilience in the course of the recovery process.’
The full speech given by the Governor can be found here.