One year ago today.
The anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires will forever be a day of mourning, but the federal government says it’s also a day to reflect on the nation’s tremendous strength.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Families Minister Jenny Macklin, Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction Bill Shorten on Sunday released a joint statement remembering the tragedy one year on.
“February 7 will be forever etched in the nation’s memory as a day of mourning but also one of tremendous spirit and inspiration,” it read.
“The tragedy brought out the best of the Australian character and inspired countless acts of bravery and generosity.”
The worst natural disaster since Federation, Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires claimed 173 lives and destroyed more than 2000 homes.
Mr Rudd and his colleagues said their thoughts were with the survivors of the disaster, whose “quiet courage” inspired the nation.