The Bendigo fires were 10 years ago this week.

THERE is a free community event on tomorrow to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires which devastated Victoria, including parts of Bendigo.

Residents are invited to remember the anniversary and enjoy morning tea at the Bendigo Bushfire Memorial at Albert Richardson Reserve on Marong Road from 10am to 11.30am.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Frances Ford said the 10th anniversary community event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the fires on our local community, as well as the changes and long term recovery that has occurred since that time.

“It will be a lovely morning of music, memories and morning tea and everyone is invited to attend,” Ms Ford said.

“The event has received funding from the Victorian Government’s 2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration Grants program and a range of community partners have had input into its development  to ensure it provides a dignified, respectful and moving opportunity for the community to gather and reflect.

“The event will include guest speakers, an official welcome to country by the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, a tree planting ceremony, performances by local school children and others.”

In Greater Bendigo there were two significant fires on February 7, 2009. One started in Redesdale and another started in Bracewell Street, Maiden Gully.

About four square kilometres of land was affected by the Redesdale fire, while the Bracewell Street fire spread across 330 hectares and threatened much of urban Bendigo.

It was also responsible for the death of one resident, the loss of more than 60 homes and damage to over 120 properties, so more than 600 people were directly affected by the fire.