Fire shrine to remember victims
A PERMANENT shrine will be built to commemorate the victims and heroes of the Black Saturday bushfires.
As the nation pauses today to pay its respects to those who died on Victoria’s darkest day, the Brumby and Rudd governments will announce a $2.5 million fund for memorials to pay tribute to those who perished.
The cash will include grants of up to $200,000 for fire-ravaged communities to build memorials, monuments or plaques in their towns.
The governments also plan to build a major fire victims’ shrine of remembrance, either off St Kilda Rd, in Fitzroy Gardens, Flowerdale or Kinglake.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said memorials would “give people a place to grieve, a place to honour those they have lost and a place to acknowledge the impact of this tragedy on their lives”.