67 Bushfires Commemoration Working Group

Council is establishing a working group to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Bushfires and is inviting community members to submit an expression of interest to be involved.

The working group will provide advice to Council on organising appropriate commemorative events and activities to acknowledge the 50th year since the bushfires of 7 February 1967.

The ‘Black Tuesday’ bushfires is one of Australia’s worst natural disasters and devastated much of southern Tasmania, fuelled by forest litter and hot northerly winds. The township of Snug was particularly affected with three quarters of houses destroyed, along with churches, shops and the local school.

The Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Steve Wass said it is appropriate that Council plays a lead role in making sure this tragedy was commemorated. “I will never forget that devastating experience and 50 years on is a timely point in the community to remember and reflect, and to make sure we will not forget those whose lives were lost and those that were put into turmoil,” he said. “The working group will consult with the community for ideas of how to acknowledge this tragic event, which will also educate our growing community and the younger generation of the devastating impacts caused by fire.”

Written expressions of interest must be lodged with Council on or before Wednesday 25 May. If you wish to discuss the group, contact our Community Development Officer on 6211 8170 or jalderfox@kingborough.tas.gov.au.

67 Bushfires Commemoration Working Group Terms of Reference

67 Bushfires Commemoration Working Group Nomination Form

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