• Minister Wells opens 1000 Hands Artwork Installation to recognise community members who contributed to the rebuilding of Marysville following the 2009 Victorian bushfires
• Victoria Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells today officially opened an artwork installation that commemorates the efforts of community members who assisted in the rebuilding of Marysville after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Representing the Premier Dr Denis Napthine, Mr Wells launched the 1000 Hands Artwork Installation Project and laid the final tile at Gallipoli Park in Marysville.
Mr Wells was joined at the opening by local State Member Cindy McLeish and community members who contributed to the rebuilding of the town.
“This is a wonderful and fitting tribute to all those involved in the rebuilding of Marysville and nearby communities following the 2009 Victorian bushfires,” Mr Wells said.
“It is also an inspirational reminder of what can be achieved when many hands work together.”
Led by the Triangle Arts Group and Murrindindi Shire Council, clay impressions of handprints of people who contributed to the rebuilding of Marysville have been captured in colourful tiles. These tiles have been attached to long benches that line the pathways of the park.
“The clay tiles are a symbolic representation of the hope, community spirit and ongoing commitment to rebuilding following the devastating 2009 fires,” Mr Wells said.
Funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, the project was conceived by the Triangle Arts Group to assist with healing after Black Saturday.
The installation features more than 1000 handprints from schoolchildren, community members and others who supported the recovery efforts.
At the launch Mr Wells and Ms McLeish helped schoolchildren create artwork associated with the project.
“Only five years ago this area was devastated by Black Saturday. We now have a beautiful park as a reminder of the wonderful community spirit that rebuilt this town,” Ms McLeish said.
“On behalf of the Victorian Coalition Government I congratulate each and every person involved in this project,” Mr Wells said.
The 1000 Hands Artwork Installation Project is one of approximately 300 community projects supported by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund for community recovery.
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