On 2 March 2019, lightning strike started a bushfire at Yinnar South. The fire burned through 1,913 hectares impacting the Budgeree, Jumbuk and Yinnar South areas, destroying two homes and three outbuildings including the Jumbuk Hall.
Due to the steep rugged terrain the bushfire was not declared contained until April – over a month later.
Members of the community were invited to participate in establishing a community recovery committee to represent the local community in developing a recovery plan targeted to the needs of the local impacted communities.
This recovery plan looks at identifying issues around the built, natural, economic and personal wellbeing and determining appropriate projects to support these areas in recovering from impacts from the fires.
In addition to local community members, the committee includes representatives from Hancock Victoria Plantations, Latrobe City Council, Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Environment Land Water & Planning.
The group works together to support the Community Recovery Committee (CRC) in developing and implementing projects.
This community is keen to look after their environment which is also home to the Strzelecki Koala.
The Strzelecki Koala is the only remnant koala population remaining in Victoria. As a result its unique genes are vital for the survival of the species, not only in Victoria, but Southern NSW as well.
Visit Strzeecki Koala Research for more information.